Groove Style: Faux Rhumba
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Great Grooves from the History of R&B:
Daniel Glass: "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles - 1959
Drummer: Milt Turner - bpm 176

One of the best-known faux rhumbas of all time is Ray Charles's 1959 smash "What'd I Say".

This song was a huge crossover hit and heralded the birth of '60s styles like soul and boogaloo.

Notice how drummer Milt Turner plays the rumba pattern on the bell of the ride cymbal, giving the whole groove a lighter and more soulful feel.

The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming
By Zoro and Daniel Glass

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