This one is for all music lovers out there. Especially the ones who love Drum and Bass, Hip Hop or Jungle (like me). It tells you about a 6 second long sample taken from a B-Side of a 1969 hit-single by a Funk and Soul combo called The Winstons. It is regarded as the one defining piece of music responsible for the creation of a whole subculture and music genres like, well you’ve guessed it: Hip Hop, Jungle and Drum and Bass.
The break called “Amen Break” was named after the song it was taken from: “Amen Brother”.
Since the development of electronic sampling technologies in the early 1980s the Amen Break has been used in 1000s of songs and adverts. And with probably being the most sampled beat of all time has manifested itself as one of the most important 6 seconds in modern music history.
The Winstons never claimed any royalties, or fame. Almost nobody even knows that they indirectly invented a huge part of modern music culture. This fact really makes them True Musical Heroes to me.