Paul Humphrey

Paul Humphrey, born on October 12, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, is an American jazz, funk and R&B drummer, best known as the drummer on Marvin Gaye's 1973 album release, "Let's Get It On", and the featured drummer for both the Lawrence Welk orchestra and television show from 1976 to 1982.

Humphrey worked as a session drummer throughout the 1960's, working with such artists as Gene Ammons, Lee Konitz, Les McCann, Charles Mingus, Blue Mitchell, Wes Montgomery, and Kai Winding. He later went on to record with a stylistically diverse group of artists such as Natalie Cole, Steely Dan, Jackie DeShannon, Michael Franks, Jerry Garcia, Quincy Jones, Albert King, Al Kooper, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jimmy Smith, Dusty Springfield, The Four Tops, and Frank Zappa.

Besides being an incredible sideman, Paul Humphrey has worked as a bandleader, recording several albums; Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists (1971) and Paul Humphrey Sextet (1981).