The Funk Brothers

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Tags: soul motown funk instrumental northern soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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For many the greatest group of session musicians to ever grace a recording studio, the Funk Brothers played on more number 1 singles than any other band in history, racking up more hits than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones combined. Sadly, their status as sidemen for Berry Gordy’s Motown Records operation largely consigned these unsung pioneers to the dusty corners of the annals of popular music, although a 2002 documentary Standing In The Shadows Of Motown went some way to redressing the balance.

The dozen or so players who featured in the Funk Brothers were drawn from the local jazz and blues clubs. The personnel included: guitarists Robert White (19 November 1936, Billmyre, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA), Joe Messina (b. 1928, Detroit, Michigan, USA) and Eddie Willis (b. 1936, Grenada, Mississippi, USA), bass players James Jamerson (b. James Lee Jamerson, 29 January 1936,...

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