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[Autograph of Gregory C. Coleman, Drummer of the "Amen Break"]

300.00
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[Autograph of Gregory C. Coleman, Drummer of the "Amen Break"]

300.00

A photograph of an Ian N. Field, an amateur photographer longtime of Philadelphia with five separate photographs from the 1960's Philadelphia R&B scene to the versos including radio disc jockey Jerry Blavat, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Katherine Anderson, and (most notably) Gregory C. Coleman.

"My Pal, G.C. Coleman / Drummer of / The Marvellettes" 

[the “My Pal” portion of this inscription appears to be in a different hand than the signature]

Coleman was a well-known R&B drummer for several bands in the 1960's and was drummer on the 1969 The Winstons track "Amen, Brother." His drum break in that song was sampled by early rap artists and is considered the foundational drum beat for all of hip-hop music. Coleman died in obscurity in 2006 and his autograph appears to have been neither coveted nor sought during his lifetime. Rare. 

[Music] : [Hip-Hop]. [Autograph of Gregory C. Coleman, Drummer of the "Amen Break"]. [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]: [ca. 1960's]. A single weight, approximately 11" x 14" black and white photograph. Verso with five inscribed signatures in blue ink. Some mild waviness to print and light staining to verso. Overall very good.

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A photograph of an Ian N. Field, an amateur photographer longtime of Philadelphia with five separate photographs from the 1960's Philadelphia R&B scene to the versos including radio disc jockey Jerry Blavat, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Katherine Anderson, and (most notably) Gregory C. Coleman.

"My Pal, G.C. Coleman / Drummer of / The Marvellettes" 

[the “My Pal” portion of this inscription appears to be in a different hand than the signature]

Coleman was a well-known R&B drummer for several bands in the 1960's and was drummer on the 1969 The Winstons track "Amen, Brother." His drum break in that song was sampled by early rap artists and is considered the foundational drum beat for all of hip-hop music. Coleman died in obscurity in 2006 and his autograph appears to have been neither coveted nor sought during his lifetime. Rare. 

[Music] : [Hip-Hop]. [Autograph of Gregory C. Coleman, Drummer of the "Amen Break"]. [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]: [ca. 1960's]. A single weight, approximately 11" x 14" black and white photograph. Verso with five inscribed signatures in blue ink. Some mild waviness to print and light staining to verso. Overall very good.