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Drum legend Charles Connor keeps on knockin'

No less an authority than James Brown once said of Charles Connor that he “was the first [drummer] to put funk into the rhythm.” Remember that choo-choo train drumming style in Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly”? That was Connor’s stylistic innovation, and so was the four-bar intro he brought to “Keep A Knockin’” that’s purported to be the first ever on a rock ’n’ roll record. When it comes to percussion, Connor, a native of New Orleans, is a pioneer.