Thomas James "Bubba" Norwood
"I rehearsed one day and was gone the next...I didn’t have a chance to tell anyone. And my first gig was in Nashville, Tennessee. I actually turned,...eighteen on the road."
- Thomas James "Bubba" NorwoodBubba Norwood was born in Northside where he picked up drumming at an early age. He began his career as a drummer for the local band, Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, until he was asked by Ike and Tina Turner to join their band. He toured with them for many years and played with the most well-known musicians of the day including Gladys Knight and the Pips, Curtis Mayfield, Patti La Belle, Marvin Gay, the Monkees, and many others. He returned to the area and still plays when he gets the chance.
Thomas James "Bubba" Norwood - On growing up in Carrboro and playing music in bands
Thomas James “Bubba” Norwood was born in Durham in 1942 and grew up in Northside and Carrboro. At seventeen, he went on tour with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue and went on to play with bands including The Monkees and Albert King, before ultimately returning home to Carrboro. He reflects on growing up in Carrboro and attending Northside Elementary School and Lincoln High School. He describes his experiences playing in school marching bands and learning to drum from Doug Clark. He tells the story of meeting and playing with Ike and Tina Turner and recounts his experiences touring on the Chitlin’ Circuit during the Civil Rights Movement. After playing with Ike and Tina Turner for eight years, Mr. Norwood went on to play with many prominent bands, based out of Los Angeles. He recounts moving to Arizona, playing in a casino’s house country band, and then moving to St. Louis and playing for Albert King. Mr. Norwood returned to Carrboro after his mother became ill and adjusted to working non-musical jobs. He describes playing for First Baptist Church and Music Maker Relief Foundation.
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