Bernard Purdie was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family - earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This schooling enabled Purdie to feel my way into nearly every kind of music, 'cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new.
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