John Jab'o Starks

  • Born: October 26, 1938
  • Died: May 1, 2018
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama

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Drummer with James Brown's funk band…

John "Jab'o" Starks, drummer with James Brown's funk band, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, after a long illness, according to the Associated Press. He was 79. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Isaiah 61:2,2 ..DE    July 10, 2018

My deepest condolences on your loss. May the God of all comfort give you strength to endure these painful times. Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by L J - NC   June 29, 2018

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his contribution to the music industry. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.
( Psalms 86:17)

Posted by - Bear, DE   June 04, 2018

To the Starks family
Mr Jab'o will be truly missed. The music he played was foot tapping,finger snapping and all of that and much more. Can not ever be replaced, but will not be forgotten. May the family find peace and comfort in praying to our God above and know that Mr Jab'o bought happiness to many of us with his music. What a legacy!! So sorry for your loss.

Posted by C S - LA   May 31, 2018

To The Family,
Death leaves a heartache that only Almighty God can heal. Love leaves precious memories that know one can steal. May, "the God of all comfort," be with you and your family during this time of sorrow.1Cor 15:26
With Kindness and Heartfelt Regret, -

Posted by F L - Cola, SC   May 30, 2018

My condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2018

There are no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. Please accept our condolences. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayer, because he cares for you.

Posted by Evans family    May 15, 2018

May you take comfort in the fact that god will make you firm and he will make you strong in your time of sorrow

Posted by A friend   May 14, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   May 14, 2018

May strength from above be with family friends and fans of John Starks
May your memories place a lasting smile on your heart
My prayers are with you during this time

Posted by Wilma - L, GA   May 12, 2018

I always liked James Brown and now I know why his music was such a hit partly because of this mans (Jab'os) influence. Peace to relatives and friends.

Posted by A friend   May 12, 2018

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Starks family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kelvin & Paulette Holley & Family/Antioch BC - Satsuma, AL   May 11, 2018

Candle

God be with the entire family and give you the strength you need. I am gonna miss my cousin husband, Beat the drums Jab'o, we all love you.

Posted by Verdia Oliver - Mobile, AL   May 11, 2018

My Condolences to the Starks Family

Mr. Dynamic Himself

I never will forget the day i met Mr. John Starks. As a young drummer I was recruited by the Lewis Brother Trio. One evening during a rehearsal session, Mr Joe Lewis introduced me to a well known person. Joe said, "Aundrea come over here, their is some one I like you to met. This is James Brown famous drummer." What a privilege and pleasure it was to have met Mr. Starks. Every time Jab'o would be in Mobile, I would make the jam session so I could learn some of the most funkiest drum beats in show business. Jab'o would show me some really nice drum fills and I continue to play them to this day. what a nice and kind heart person to be around, Jab'o had a smile that would light up a room and keep you smiling.I remember the time
Mrs. Starks would have front row seats for family and friends to watch the JB'proform.
Jab'o is a legend who achieves legendary fame.
what a very wonderful human being he was. And
may he be blessed in heaven.

Posted by Aundrea Ai - Colorado Springs, CO   May 10, 2018

My Condolences to the Starks Family

Mr. Dynamic Himself
I Never will forget the day I met Mr.John Starks.
As a young drummer I was recruited by the Lewis
Brother Trio.One evening during a rehearsal session Mr.Joe Lewis introduced me to a well known person. Joe said "Aundrea come over here,
their is someone I like you to meet.This is Jab'o James Brown Famous Drummer." What a privilege and pleasure it was to've met Mr.Starks,Everytime Jab'o would be in Mobile
I would make the jam session so I could learn
some of the most "Funkiest" drum beats in show
business. Jab'o would show me some really nice
drum fills and I continue to play them to this
day.What a nice and kind hearted person to be around,Jab'o had a smile that would light up a
room and would keep you smiling,What a Legend
who achieves "Legendary Fame". Mrs.Stark thanks, For your kindness. May God continue to
Blessed you and your family in the time of your
lost.

Posted by Aundrea Ai - Colorado Springs, CO   May 10, 2018

My thoughts and prayers goes out to Jab'os family. He was truly a legend, his music will be missed!

Posted by - NC   May 10, 2018

Posted by JoAnn Praught - Andros Bahamas   May 10, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Jab'os passing and extend heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. May your treasured memories comfort and strengthen you during this time of grief.

Posted by A friend   May 09, 2018

Deepest sympathy.
His beat goes on...

Posted by Tracey Smith    May 09, 2018

I always enjoyed your funky beats, especially on all the James Brown gigs "You Tube", Concerts, being loaded up by The James Brown Foundation headed by Deanna. It is an honor privilege as a trombone player to have the opportunity to "SIT IN " and jam with you in my own living room trying to keep up with you, "Jab'o ".
Thank you for all your positive irreplaceable up beat tempo inspirations. U ROCK !
BraveDaveEagle#13

Posted by David Thompson - CLT, NC   May 08, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Deborah Law (Easley) - Kansas City, MO   May 08, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Starks family and friends of John He was no doubt an amazing man who brought love and kindness and great music to everyone. But thankfully we are able to find comfort in Deuteronomy 7:15 where it says that God will take away sickness. Hopefully you are able to find comfort in this message.

Posted by A.Marie - NC   May 08, 2018

Mr. Starks brought joy to millions, including me. Many thanks. RIP

Posted by Nicolas Martin - Lexington, KY   May 07, 2018

You have my deepest sympathy for the death of your loved one. Losing someone you love is really hard to deal with. So please find comfort in God because he promises at Psalms 9:9 "He will become a sincere refuge in times of distress."

Posted by A friend   May 07, 2018

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Starks. The music he shared with us for many years will be remembered. He is resting in Gods memory.

Posted by JE Jackson - Charlotte, NC   May 07, 2018

Beloveds, truly sorry to hear about John "Jab'o" Starks' passing. His fine legacly will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! (Luke23:43)

Posted by - BRONX, NY   May 07, 2018

My condolences to the family. May God be with the family at this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   May 07, 2018

Candle

R.I.P. Thank you for the great music! Rest with The Lord.

Posted by C - AL   May 07, 2018

My sincere condolences for your loss. May fond memories and the love of family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time. Jeremiah 29:11.

Posted by Kim - AZ   May 06, 2018

Mr. Jab'o was a talented musician. We're very sorry to hear of his death. Our dear Father above will hold your family close to Him as you deal with this pain. Our sympathies to his loved ones.

Posted by - MD   May 06, 2018

Posted by C    May 06, 2018

What a loss!
John will be missed.
May the God who supplies comfort, be with you (Rom. 15:5). Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Emma - TX   May 05, 2018

Who's that playing that funky noise/ Who's that playing that funky noise? Why it's "Jab'o" Starks, that's Who. Thanks for the funk My friend. May John rest in Paradise, in the presence of the 'ALL'. Family be strong in Love.

Posted by Virgil Varner - Roaeville, MI   May 05, 2018

Have the comfort that only God provides. Sam S

Posted by Sam S - Pasadena, CA   May 05, 2018

Candle

My deepest sympathies and prayers extended to family.friends and.fans.
Jab'o may your soul.be welcome to soul heaven with the music great
. What a F (fairhful) good time you will external have

A.c Hudson Sr
Macon G.A

Posted by A friend   May 05, 2018

Candle

A NATURAL DRUMMER...JOHN played the talent GOD gave him.....I heard beauty & elegance combined with passion & fire...when he dropped the beat.....PRAYERS

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   May 04, 2018

Starks was a music making genius with drum rhythms and good ole beats and for these and other reasons Jab'o will truly be remembered for his fabulous work ! For his greatly distressed family and friends, these trustworthy words of comfort : " Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live. " Sincere condolences and sympathies.

Posted by G S - Baltimore, MD   May 04, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad and difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76.

Posted by Annie - GA   May 04, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort prove to be your stronghold during this difficult time.
Psalm 18:2

Posted by christian    May 04, 2018

Candle

Family God BlessYou.Hey Jab-Sure Gettin'Down.The Only Man In The World To Beat Time? A Drummer. RIP Bro.

Posted by Douglaa Chinn - Canden, NJ   May 04, 2018

My deepest sympathies on your loss. I liked listening to their music. May the God of all comfort grant you his peace at this time.

Posted by A friend   May 03, 2018

To the family of John "JAB'O" Starks'
We are sorry for the loss "JAB'O".
The reason for some of us wanna-be drummers to pick up the sticks in the first place! THANKS!!!

Posted by Tony D'Agostino - Bpt, CT   May 03, 2018

To the Starks' Family: Losing a loved one is very painful. May the God of all comfort soothe your hearts during this most difficult time.

Posted by JMS - MD   May 03, 2018

His music will live on even though he is gone condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. May you take comfort in prayers and loving support as you look towards the promise from ourHeavenly Father that soon this world conditions of death pain and sorrow will be over and there will be no more tears.

Posted by Marcy    May 03, 2018

RIP, John! The sound you gave to JB was the quintessential drive in his music. Thanks for your contribution and talent!

Posted by Bill - Paradise, CA   May 03, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Although your hearts are filled with pain and sorrow, our prayer is that you gain comfort and hope from God's promise to reunite us with our love ones on the earth, never having to say goodbye again. For Jesus will make this earth the problem-free paradise that His Father intended it to be. We have gained comfort and strength from this promise, may your family do the same.

Posted by T Wells - CA   May 03, 2018

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Posted by A friend   May 03, 2018

I will see you on the other side, I will be by your side. Rest in peace . Louis Taylor

Posted by Louis Taylor - Syracuse, NY - friend   May 03, 2018

Just keep the beat...rest in peace. Thank you for that we funky beats.

Posted by Jeffrey Walker - Los Angeles, CA   May 02, 2018

I am truly sorry for the loss of John o. May our Grand Creator bring comfort to each family member as the days pass. My prayers are with all of you. Isaiah 65:17-20 -

Posted by A friend   May 02, 2018


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the fond memories of your loved one sustain your family at this time. May you also receive comfort from what is stated at 1 Peter 5:6,7.

Posted by J H    May 02, 2018

So long, my friend! We'll meet again soon.

Posted by A friend   May 02, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of John during this time of grief.sorry for your great loss. Job 33 :25

Posted by A friend   May 02, 2018

EVERY rapper and hip hop artist owe a debt of gratitude (and money) to Jabo and Clyde for the "sick beats" that they sampled.

Jabo, Clyde and Jimmy Nolen ARE the DNA of Funk and Hip Hop.

RIP Mr. Starks

Posted by Mobilian ATLien    May 02, 2018

EVERY rapper and hip hop artist owe a debt of gratitude (and money) to Jabo and Clyde for the "sick beats" that they sampled.

Jabo, Clyde and Jimmy Nolen ARE the DNA of Funk and Hip Hop.

RIP Mr. Starks

Posted by A friend   May 02, 2018


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