11 June 1939, Elkton, Maryland, USA. Pretty Purdie, the eleventh of 15 children, began to learn drums at the age of six. During the 60s he became a highly respected session drummer, and played on numerous releases ranging from Nina Simone to Tim Rose and Jack Jones. He is, however, better remembered for his work in the New York-based house band put together for the Atlantic Records label by saxophonist King Curtis. Purdie was thus present on several of Aretha Franklins finest recordings. The self-proclaimed worlds greatest drummer also played on numerous jazz sessions, including Albert Aylers controversial New Grass. Such work anticipated the direction Purdie took when he embarked on a solo career.