Legendary musician, Toledo native Ike Stubblefield dies at 69

Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 12:29 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Legendary musician and Toledo native Ike Stubblefield has died at the age of 69.

Stubblefield moved to Georgia two decades ago, where he owned two jazz clubs and continued to perform. He most recently resided in Athens, Georgia, where he passed away on June 19.

Stubblefield was born June 7, 1952, in Toledo. His music career started in the late 1960s when he began playing keyboards with the Motown Review in Detroit, for performers such as the Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.

He made his fame performing the Hammond B3 organ. In the 1970s, he performed with B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, and Rod Stewart.

In the 1970s and 80s, Stubblefield was a studio musician, composer, songwriter, and producer who worked with Quincy Jones and Phil Spector, among others.

More recently, Stubblefield performed on Clapton’s European tour during 2005, and he recorded with CeeLo Green in 2010.

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