Sonic Spotlight: Not Gaddy

Not Gaddy, the owner and director of IDrum2U studio, gets his community drum circle going in Augusta.
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AGE: 55

HOMETOWN: Winston-Salem, N.C.

OCCUPATION: Musician and educator, owner, IDRUM2U

MEMBER OF: Drummer for Mellow-D and Fresh Music Ensemble

FAVORITE CONCERT ATTENDED: Jackie Wilson and Otis Redding, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1965. "Everything was just so intriguing for a kid, this fifth-grader. Just unbelievable."

FAVORITE ALBUM: Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

FAVORITE PERFORMANCE: All That Jazz, festival in Takarasuka, Japan, 1993. "That was the greatest performance that I think I've had. ... We weren't just (there) as musicians; we were ambassadors for our city."

FAVORITE MOVIES: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, The Godfather, The Great Debaters, Cleopatra

WORST PERFORMANCE: Alumni ball in New Jersey, 1975. "I was going to hang out with one of my friends, and we did something that was very stupid. They had an Indian cigar shop, and we went and got -- they called them monkey cigars. ... We went and got those, and we were smoking them before the gig. And they made me so sick that when we got to the gig, I was in the middle of a tune, in the middle of a tune on a stage in New Jersey, and passed out and fell right into my drums."

FAVORITE DRUM: Remo djembe

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alfrrst4 11/05/09 - 05:19 pm
Wonderful story! I wonder if

Wonderful story! I wonder if you seen the great Sam Cooke in concert.

story1 11/05/09 - 07:09 pm
Great Story! Looking forward

Great Story! Looking forward to seeing Not Gaddy appear around town.
Did you know Augusta's own Arthur Lee Simpkins was chosen to sing at Sam Cooke's funeral in 1964. He was joined by 3 young and promising singers, Lou Rawls, Bobby Blue Bland and Ray Charles.

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