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More on Leo Sidran… he got his first drum lesson from his father’s friend and one of the best drummers in the world… Madison resident Clyde Stubblefield. Clyde was James Brown’s drummer and is considered the inventor of funk drumming. He is also considered the most sampled drummer in the world. Clyde’s drum sticks are enshrined in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in between Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts.

The Nirvana album Nevermind, which includes the grunge anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, was produced by Madisonian Butch Vig and recorded at Smart Studio on East Washington Avenue in Madison. Because of his work with Nirvana, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, etc., Vig has earned the nickname Guru of Grunge. He also plays the drums in the Grammy nominated band Garbage, along with fellow Madisonians Steve Marker and Duke Erickson and Scottish singer Shirley Manson. Garbage wrote and performed the theme song for the James Bond movie “The World is Not Enough”.

Elvis Costello wrote the song “Green Shirt” after a doctor’s appointment at the Quisling Clinic in Madison.

Van Halen was banned from the Sheraton Hotel in Madison after they trashed their rooms during a 3 day stay during their 1978 Tour. They dedicated their second album “Van Halen II” to the hotel.

Stevie Ray Vaughn played his last performance in 1990 with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and his brother Jimmie Vaugh at Alpine Valley in East Troy. He was killed leaving the venue when his helicopter crashed upon takeoff into the hillside behind the stage.

The group Two Happy Cowboys from Madison composed the theme song for the TV show “Northern Exposure”, starring Rob Morrow. Fort Atkinson native Steve Sperry composed the music for the TV show ”Fame”. Milwaukee native Al Jareau sang the theme song for the TV show “Moonlighting”, that starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard. He also starred on Broadway in “Grease”, playing the Teen Angel.

Dale Sticha of Madison is Elton John’s personal piano technician.

Milwaukee band Violent Femmes was formed when two of the members played at a high school Honor Society induction ceremony. They broke from the playlist and performed “Gimmee The Car” which got one of the members suspended from school. Their song “Kiss Off” was written about the experience. Violent Femmes was discovered while they were playing in front of Milwaukee’s Oriental Theater and were invited in to open the show for The Pretenders.

Rhythm and Blues artist and Milwaukee native Eric Benet was married to Halle Berry. They divorced because of his frequent infidelities. Idiot!

Abrams and Milwaukee native Pee Wee King wrote “Tennessee Waltz”. Gene Autry gave him the name Pee Wee because there were so many Franks in Autry’s band.

Cher sang back ground vocals on the Righteous Brother’s recording “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. Bobby Hatfield, half of the righteous duo, was born in Beaver Dam.

Paul Black of Madison is considered the most sampled guitarist in the world.

Michael Jackson owns the rights to “On Wisconsin”. He bought it from Paul McCartney.

Other Wisconsin connected musicians:
Greg Graffin – Bad Religion, Madison and Racine
Jerry Harrison – guitar and keyboards for Talking Heads, Milwaukee
Jeff Pilson – bassist for Dokken, Whitefish Bay
Adrien Belew – guitarist for Frank Zappa and David Bowie, Lake Geneva
Joe Schermie – bassist for Three Dog Night, Madison
Jane Wiedlin – guitarist for the Go-Go’s, Oconomowoc
Bill Berry – drummer for R.E.M., Wauwatosa
James “Curley” Cook – guitarist for Steve Miller Band and Muddy Waters Band, Wausau
Daryl Stuermer – guitarist for Genesis, Phil Collins and Jean-Luc Ponty, Milwaukee
Howie Epstein – bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Milwaukee
Aerie Taree Jones – singer for Arrested Development, Madison
Reed Kailing – guitarist for the Grass Roots, John Lenon, Kiki Dee, Mick Jagger and Badfinger, Madison
George LeGros – singer and bassist for the Buckinghams, Madison
Tommy James – singer for Tommy James and the Shondells, Monroe
Andy Linderman – harmonica for Muddy Waters and The Doobie Brothers, Madison
Bill Lordan – drummer for Jimmie Hendrix, and Sly and the Family Stone, Fond du Lac
Speech/Todd Thomas – lead singer for Arrested Development, Milwaukee
Jon French – drummer for Curtis Mayfield, Madison (I work with him; a great guy!)

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