Skip to comments.Influential D.C. Drummer Woody Woodson Wants a New Leg for a Chance to Play Again
Posted on 08/02/2014 7:20:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A native Washingtonian who played drums for some of the greatest singers in history needs a prosthetic leg to play the way he used to play.
Woody Woodson lives in the same Northeast home hes been in for more than 50 years, most of which he spent playing for artists like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes and Steve Wonder. He spent years on the road with Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. One of the biggest hits he collaborated on was the Isley Brothers Its Your Thing.
Grammy-winning musician Steve Jordan, who plays for Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, says Woodsons drumming on that song inspired him.
Hes one of the greatest of all time and a deep influence on me, Jordan said. That was before Woodson lost one of his legs to diabetes.
Hes able to get himself around his two-story home, but its not easy. Unable to work for years, Woodson gets by on the few royalty checks he does get but says he gets nothing from his work on two of Reddings biggest records.
I recorded with Otis and got two albums at the Whisky a Go Go, he said. I should get some money somewhere.
Without a decent prosthetic leg, Woodson is unable to play the drums like he once did. Friends like Jordan are trying to help.
He is a guy that nobody knows about, Jordan said. And he is just super bad. Hes totally incredible. Anyway, he needs a leg.
What Woodson really wants is just to play.
I want to do this, he said. It would tickle me to death to not play a gig, but just to be able to play a couple of songs. If I play a couple of songs, aint no telling, man.
Def Leppard had a one armed drummer.
It’s very sad that this man doesn’t have any friends who can or will help him.
so get a leg
Indeed, they did! I used to live in Sheffield, UK. Eh, up, love!
I wish I had learned to play harmonica.
Heard this one on the opening scene of the Hancock movie last night.
Rock on! :)
Woody Woodson needs a wooden leg. Alliteration on a roll.
Saw ol’ Joe Cocker there, too.
It's very sad that there aren't any elitist entertainers who would help one of their own, but they usually only want to contribute their talent to a cause, not their money.
That's the point I was making. We're talking about ... what ... tens of thousands for a really good prosthesis and therapy, and maybe another twenty thousand or so to make his house amputee-friendly. Chicken feed to the music industry's big winners.
Maybe, some chicken soup. Couldn’t hurt. Maybe, some of the veterans, he has railed against, could help him?
Doesn’t have a leg to stand on....
Maybe he’ll finally get wood...
If I had a hammer........
Whatever dude. It ain’t like you’re Buddy Rich
Probably dated that hottie Irene.
Woman had a prosthetic eyeball and she asked him if he’d like to fool around.
“Wood eye? Wood Eye? Oh, wood eye” he was overhead saying...
It is a sad story, with misunderstanding, heartache and lots of wood.
He had a wooden leg.
They fought but had declared a truce, andthey fell in love.
She asked if he would consider marriage, but as soon as he said
she yelled “Peg leg!”
And she broke it off.
If I could afford a Bach bass trombone I guarantee I'd have a paying gig in under a year.
Interestingly, I just saw a news story about a guy who had a hand transplant, and he’s training his new hand by playing piano.