We are saddened to share the news of the loss of Ike Stubblefield. Our prayers, thoughts and condolences to his family, fellow musicians, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Ike

In Memoriam: Ike Stubblefield
Published on: June 21st, 2021

Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield has died at the age of 69, at his home in Georgia. He was a music industry legend with more than 50 years in the business. 

Stubblefield began his career in the late 1960s, playing keys for Motown artists like the Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Rare Earth. In the 1970s, Stubblefield hit the stage with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, the Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, and many more. Stubblefield helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come.

In the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a studio musician, composer, songwriter, and producer with Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, and others. He also scored music for films and TV projects for American, Canadian, and British productions. 

In recent years, Stubblefield worked with New Orleans musicians including George Porter, Jr., Terence Higgins, and Papa Mali. He had his own Ike Stubblefield Trio, and also worked with the band Big Hat in Nashville.

From WWOZ in New Orleans