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Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits

Back in the late 90's I was working quite regularly with Bill Tillman, former member (1974-1977) of the legendary band,  Blood, Sweat & Tears, in which Bill played alto sax, flute, clarinet, and handled a lot of backing vocals. Over the decades, Bill Tillman has had several band configurations that he's worked with, but the one group I was most involved with was Bill Tillman and the Funk City Horns. Most of the repertoire consisted of BW&T tunes (no surprise there), plus hits by such groups as Chicago, Tower of Power, and other brass oriented TOP 40 dance tunes spanning from the 60's through the 80's.

Here I'm supplying some of my BS&T drum charts — Spinning Wheel, God Bless the Child, and You've Made Me So Very Happy — which I created for my gigs with Bill Tillman. Please keep in mind that these are not full transcriptions of the original recordings, but rather a road-map to help the drummer make it through the song. I've notated the basic grooves and included important rhythmic figures that need to be played or set-up for the brass section.


I used these charts to get me through my first few gigs, basically because I only had one rehearsal with the band before I started gigging with them ... in concert venues ... and there were a lot of tunes to learn!

The arrangements and song interpretations that Tillman used were slightly different than the original recordings, but I've gone back and made changes to reflect the original recording by Blood, Sweat & Tears. It's important to listen to the original recordings of these tunes to fully connect with the drum charts. Some of the liberties that were taken in the recording studio, such as varying the tempo or laying back on brass figures, are difficult or too involved to fully notate. Although I believe my charts are quite accurate, treating them as road-maps will get you through the songs. Enjoy!

pdfSpinning Wheel — drum chart
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pdfGod Bless The Child — drum chart
To hear or purchase this song, click HERE.

pdfYou've Made Me So Very Happy — drum chart
To hear or purchase this song, click HERE.


Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and Master of Music post-graduate work. His 40+ years in the music and entertainment industry, over 100 album recordings to his credit, as well as an exhaustive understanding of contemporary and classical music makes him a complete and skilled master musician.

Bart continues to work as an active drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, music arranger, director, comedian, MC, educator, writer and visual artist. He is the owner and creator of DrummerCafe.com, which he founded in December of 1996.


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