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Cincinnati legend Philip Paul celebrates his 95th Birthday at Dead Low Brewing Sat 8/8 3-5pm

Drummer Philip Paul

Philip Paul is playing strong at 95 and Cincinnati needs to celebrate.

Dead Low Brewing is partnering with the Cincy Blues Society and the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation to host Philip Paul’s 95th birthday party this Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Max Gise Trio will delight guests with some dynamite jazz throughout the party at the brewery. 

Guests can sign a giant birthday card for Mr. Paul and enjoy a slice of birthday cake (until it runs out). 

Philip Paul began playing drums at the age of nine and played in NY’s Harlem nightclubs as a teen.  In 1951, Tiny Bradshaw invited him to join his band at Cincinnati’s Cotton Club.  From 1952 to 1965, Paul became the studio drummer for King Records, as well as two of its subsidiary labels, Federal and Bethlehem. 

“If someone were to try to isolate the single heartbeat of the early days of rock & roll, that heartbeat is Philip,” says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum president Terry Stewart.

Paul created the beat for "The Twist" and was on the original recording by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.  After a lifetime playing everything from calypso to jazz to rock and roll, Philip Paul was honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland in 2009. Part of the museum’s Songwriters to Soundmen series, the evening focused on Phil’s career at King Records, on the road, and in Cincinnati nightclubs. 

Philip Paul was featured in King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, a five-part series hosted by Lee Hay. It was produced to honor the label’s impact on music in Cincinnati and beyond.

The birthday party is open to the public, but social distancing practices will be maintained, including the wearing of masks unless seated, and remaining seated at the tables spaced 6-feet apart. We’ll all have to dance in our seats and wish Phil happy birthday from a bit of a distance. 

Birthday wishes can be shared on his Facebook page: Philip Paul - King Recording Studio drummer, 1951-1964.

About Philip Paul: - highlighting the biography of Philip Paul in an article Larry Nager wrote for the October 2009 issue of Cincinnati Magazine.

King Records: A Cincinnati Legacy | WVXU.

About Max Gise:

About the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation:

An Ohio non-profit organization who provides educational music experiences and encouragement to students participate in school band for as many public elementary students as possible, primarily using local professional musicians.

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