1971 Paul Humphrey And The Cool Aid Chemists – Cool Aid
Paul Humphrey grew up in Detroit. He began playing drums when he was eight years old. After graduating from high school, he served in the US Navy in the fifties and played with many jazz artists of the fifties.
He left the service and worked full time as a session musician in New York City. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he continued doing session work.
In 1971, he formed the Cool Aid Chemists with Clarence MacDonald on keyboards, Bill Upchurch on bass, and David T. Walker on lead guitar. The band released the single Cool Aid from their first album. The record did well enough to get them booked on American Bandstand. It peaked at #29 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the R&B chart.
After they didn’t score any additional hits, the band broke up, and the members returned to session work.
Paul played on Marvin Gaye’s Lets Get It On album and worked on a wide variety of other recordings. He became the drummer for Lawrence Welk from 1976 to 1982 and continued doing session work through 2004.
Paul died in 2014.
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