Discovered – Photos of Carleen and The Groovers

Now-Again | Jul. 16, 2010 | News |

We’ve been looking for photos of drummer Carleen Jean Butler since Egon offered the first official reissue of Carleen and The Groover’s monstrous funk anthem “Can We Rap” on The Funky 16 Corners anthology a decade ago. In the interim, we released a vinyl anthology that contained the band’s four known recordings, compiled “The Thing” on Cold Heat, and even tracked down Carleen’s first drum teacher in search of some documentation that this woman actually existed!

And now, nearly forty years after he first received these promo shots in the mail, an East Coast club owner made these two photos available for sale. They now reside in the collection of producer and funk enthusiast DJ Shadow. And they prove that Carleen did indeed play a double kick-drum – better than the rest of ’em. Take that Lars Ulrich!

2 Responses to “Discovered – Photos of Carleen and The Groovers”

  1. Ray watkins says:

    I remember Carleen and theGroovers from my services days in Charleston, SC. She had the best sound you would ever want to hear Her sister married one my home town friends from New York. You just couldn’t miss Carleen when she played at a Charleston Club back in the day, back in the early 70’s…huge Afro and hot pants behind those drums was her trade mark. She played at places like Anns lounge, and the RVA, and I think she played at this club across the river from Charlston called Porgie and Bessie.. I met her personally in 1971 I think..

  2. Alfred Odom says:

    It would have been great playing in the band with a female drummer and learning from her. But, when I got in the band in 1964, she had already graduated. I did play though with her brother, Clary. He was a bad trumpet player that other players fed off. That guy could hit those high notes. Only Norris Singletary came close. Clary was also one of our drum majors. He was just as bad.

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