RIP Keith LeBlanc – here’s Tackhead

Keith LeBlanc RIP. “Hip Hop’s greatest drummer” has passed. Here’s an epic playlist of his music with legends Tackhead, which at various times included Doug Wimbish (bass), Keith LeBlanc (percussion) and Skip McDonald (guitar) and producer (sometimes credited as “mixologist”) Adrian Sherwood, and later Gary Clail (Beef).

In the late 1970s, Wimbish, LeBlanc and McDonald were members of the house band for the Sugarhill Records record label and the trio of hip-hop artists known as the Sugarhill Gang. They were also the musicians playing behind DJ Grandmaster Flash’s 1982 hit “The Message” (the vocal was by Melle Mel) and another hit “White Lines”.

This playlist is about 8 and a half hours long and consists of 264 songs. Including the fabulous Sharp as a Needle – which samples the Kop and is dedicated to Dalglish.

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  1. Mark Howitt says:

    That news had passed me by, I’m saddened to hear that. Missing from that massive playlist (I think!) is his 1983 single “No Sell Out”, a recording of Malcolm X’s speeches set to LeBlanc’s soundtrack. Still sounds great.

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