Paul Humphrey - Supermellow

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  Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, Died Jan 2014) was an American jazz and funk/R&B drummer.




Humphrey began playing drums at age 8, taking private lessons in Detroit. In high school he played baritone horn, trombone and drums in the school band. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and studied under Kenneth J. Abendschein, touring the world and playing with many jazz figures of 1950s.

After discharge from the service, he worked as a session drummer in New York for jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Joe Williams, Lee Konitz, Blue Mitchell, Gene Ammons and the Harry James Band (replacing Buddy Rick). He later moved to Los Angeles and joined the Harry "Sweets" Edison group with Tommy Flanagan and Frank Delarossa. He recorded with Larry Williams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson and toured and recorded with Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Tony Orlando, Jerry Garcia, Burt Bacharach, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bill Medley.

As a bandleader, he recorded under the name Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists, with keyboardist Clarence MacDonald, guitarist David T. Walker, and bassist Bill Upchurch. In 1971, this ensemble had two hits, "Cool Aid" (US #29, US R&B Singles #14) and "Funky L.A." (US R&B Singles #45). He also recorded an album as head of the Paul Humphrey Sextet in 1981.

Humphrey was one of the drummers on Marvin Gaye's album "Let's Get It On". He also recorded with Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Smith, Al Kooper, Jackie deShannon, Natalie Cole, Albert King, Quincy Jones, Dusty Springfield, Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Franks, Marc Bolan and many others.

Humphrey was the featured drummer for both the Lawrence Welk orchestra and television show from 1976 to 1982. He and his wife Joan are the parents of two children, Pier and Damien, who appeared with their father on the Welk show's annual Christmas episode.



As leader

  • Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists (Lizard Records, 1971) No. 170, R&B Albums No. 31
  • "Detroit" b/w "Cool Aid" (Lizard Records, 1971) 45 rpm, (US #29, US R&B Singles #14)
  • "Funky L.A." b/w "Baby Rice" (Lizard Records, 1971) 45 rpm (US R&B Singles #45)
  • Supermellow (Blue Thumb, 1972)
  • "Supermellow" b/w "Poppa Charlie and Chip" (Blue Thumb, 1973) 45 rpm
  • America, Wake Up (Blue Thumb, 1973)
  • "Cochise" b/w "What's That Noise P.K.?" (Blue Thumb, 1974) 45 rpm
  • The Drum Session (Philips Records, 1975) with Louis Bellson, Shelly Manne & Willie Bobo
  • "Humphrey's Overture" b/w "Bionic Salsa" (Happy Fox Records, 1977) 45 rpm
  • Me And My Drums (Stanson Records, 1979)
  • "Scream & Shout" b/w "Here To Stay" (Stanson Records, 1979) 45 rpm
  • "One Out Of Six" b/w "Me And My Drums" (Stanson Records, 1980) 45 rpm
  • Paul Humphrey Sextet (Discovery, 1981) featuring Oscar Brashear




Paul Humphrey - Supermellow

U.S. Blue Thumb BTS 47 stereo (1972).

Album produced by Tommy Lipuma.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

the album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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