Here we are back again with another episode of VUMU LIVE hosted by Prophecy Onasis and Ted Joseph!
Today’s topics we will be discussing the heartbeat of music! Drummers, special video features from Boots Greene and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire!
Eric “Boots” Greene
Eric “Boots” Greene is a prime example of the contemporary drummer, an amalgam of classic musical influences and contemporary career approaches, which demand skill and creativity whether it’s a drumstick or a computer mouse that he’s got in his hand.
Boots was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, and at two years old moved with his family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first national tour was with Philly songstress Jill Scott, and he’s since played behind Patti LaBelle, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Jay-Z, and Cardi B. He recently teamed with Darrell Robinson in N.E.R.D’s two-drummer attack, and currently he’s part of the ensemble for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “OTR II” tour.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, from an early age Johnson developed a fascination for all things jazz. At eight years old he went on to receive his first drumming lesson. He later went on to join local bands “The Teen Turbans” and “The Masters Children”.
During 1971 Johnson successfully auditioned as a drummer for another band. This one was led by a Chicago musician known as Maurice White and called Earth, Wind & Fire. With Johnson in tow the band went on to achieve monumental commercial and critical success. He later went on to be inducted as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during 2000.
Johnson went on to perform as a percussionist on Blue Magic’s 1978 album Message From The Magic and Stanley Turrentine’s 1981 album Tender Togetherness.
He has also worked as a producer on The Temptations 1984 album Truly For You and Howard Hewett’s 2008 album Howard Hewett Christmas.
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