Give the Drummer Some

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  • Bob Marley, The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Carlton Barrett
  • Will Calhoun, Living Colour
  • Sheila E, Prince, Marvin Gaye, George Duke, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Kanye West
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Sheila E.

Sheila Escovedo has blessed everyone from Prince and Lionel Richie to Beyoncé and Kanye West with her Latin rhythms. A product of the famed Escovedo musical tribe, Sheila E. grew up in a house of percussionist led by her father, Pete Escovedo. In 1984, she stepped from behind the drums and showed off her vocal ability with her debut album, The Glamorous Life.

A long collaborator with the Purple One, Sheila E. is considered by many to be a child prodigy as she played with the likes George Duke, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross in her teens and early 20s, and the beat still pounds 'til this day. 

(Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

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