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Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie’s career is a singular phenomenon in the annals of American music. Born in Elkton, MD, June 11, 1939, he began his professional career at the age of 12 before moving to New York in 1961 and becoming a fixture on the thriving studio scene of the 1960s and ’70s.

In a bygone era, he compiled a track record that is unlikely to be surpassed, playing on more hit records with different groups than any other musician.

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