Reggae Musicians Sly Dunbar and Carlton Barrett among 100 most influential drummers.

Carlton Barrett
Carlton Barrett

Sly Dunbar of the Sly and Robbie duo and Carlton Barrett, who are both foundation of reggae and dancehall music, have been named among ‘The 100 Most Influential Drummers Ever! By totaldrumsets.com.

Among the other most influential drummers of all time are: jazzmen Max Roach and Buddy Rich; funk master Joseph ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste; Rhythm and Blues/smooth jazz players Bernard Purdie and Steve Gadd as well as hard rock heroes Keith Moon (of The Who) and John Bonham (of Led Zeppelin).

“Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare are the most celebrated rhythm section and production team in reggae. Somehow, they have managed to mix dancehall and funk, rock and electronica, into the hippest and most infectious mix imaginable. In the course of their playing they have appeared with artistes as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Sinead O’ Connor and Bob Dylan,” totaldrumsets.com said of Dunbar, now 62.

Barrett made the One Drop sound, which was originated by Winston Grennan famous as a member of The Wailers, Bob Marley’s backing band. Barrett was murdered in 1987, six years after Bob Marley died. Like Bob Marley, Carlton Barrett was 36 when he died.

“As drummer with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Carlton’s beat is heard on the best-loved reggae recordings of all time. Relentlessly rehearsed by Marley, the Wailers became an excellent group with Carlton partnering his brother Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett on bass. Carlton’s distinctive broken triplet hi-hat style was copied wholesale by The Police drummer Stewart Copeland,” totaldrumsets.com said of Carlton Barrett.

This is a great recognition for Carlton Barrett. Normally, Bob Marley gets all the credit for the work that the Wailers did and people forget to pay respect and give credit to the players of instruments who made it all possible.

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