The Winstons Finally Paid for Oft-Sampled 1969 'Amen' Drum Break

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The Winstons photographed circa 1970. 

The Winstons, a D.C. funk group who got on the musical map in the late 1960s with Hot 100 singles "Color Him Father" and "Love of the Common People," ended up leaving an indelible mark on music history with just six seconds off a 1969 B-side. The four-bar drum break from "Amen, Brother," originally performed by the late Gregory C. Coleman, has become one of the most frequently sampled recordings ever -- yet neither Coleman nor bandleader Richard L. Spencer ever received a penny of the profits.

That is, until recently, when Spencer received a £24,000 check from a U.K. D.J. and devoted fan named Martyn Webster. Webster organized a GoFundMe campaign called "The Winstons Amen Breakbeat Gesture" earlier this year, which encouraged people who had ever appreciated or sampled the break to contribute. Thousands of pounds and a few months later, Webster shared a video of Spencer holding the giant GoFundMe check on Tuesday morning.

"Thank you so much, GoFund, for this great contribution to my life," he tells donors in the video. Watch the full clip below:


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