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Serving drummers and percussionists since 1996.

Bernard Purdie

A Bernard Purdie drum transcription of "She's Gone" is from the Hall & Oates second album, Abandoned Luncheonette (1973).

"She's Gone" is the most well-known track from the album, and probably one of the act's best-loved songs. The song did not become a hit when first released as a single, although it gain momentum from two later covers; one by Lou Rawls, and one by Tavares. After the latter cover topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1974, the original was re-released and became a Top 10 pop hit. This song was included in Hall & Oates's 1983 greatest hits compilation, Rock and Soul, as well as in numerous other compilations.

An American session drummer, Bernard Purdie is considered to be an influential and innovative exponent of funk. He is known for his strict musical time keeping and 'The Purdie Shuffle'.

Purdie recorded Soul Drums (1968) as a band leader and although he went on to record Alexander's Ragtime Band, the album remained unreleased until Soul Drums was reissued on CD in 2009 with the Alexander's Ragtime Band sessions. Other solo albums include Purdie Good (1971), Soul Is...Pretty Purdie (1972) and the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation film Lialeh (1973).

Sean Kennedy

Philadelphia-area drummer, Sean J. Kennedy is equally at home on the concert stage or in the teaching studio. Due to his versatility, Kennedy has been able to record and perform with some of the world’s best musicians, including Bob Mintzer, Liberty DeVitto, Ricky Byrd, Donald Nally, Richie Cannata and the late Dr. Frederick Fennell.

In June 2009 Carl Fischer Music Publishing released “Rock Solid: Drums” a rock drumset method book co-authored by Kennedy and Liberty DeVitto. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in percussion performance, and endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads exclusively. To contact Sean visit

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