The Funk Brothers

Formed 1959. Disbanded 1972
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The Funk Brothers

The Funk Brothers Biography (Wikipedia)

The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972.

They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Funk Brothers played on Motown hits such as "My Girl", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "Baby Love", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", "The Tears of a Clown", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", and "Heat Wave".

There have been many articles written that identify members of the Funk Brothers, some of which claim that virtually every musician who ever played on a Motown track was a "Funk Brother". There are 13 Funk Brothers identified in the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. The same 13 members were identified by both NARAS for the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and were recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The role of the Funk Brothers is described in Paul Justman's 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, based on Allan Slutsky's book of the same name. The opening titles claim that the Funk Brothers have "played on more number-one hits than the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined."

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Ain't No Mountain High Enough
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Home Cookin'
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Home Cookin'
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My Girl
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My Girl
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I Second That Emotion
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I Second That Emotion
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I Can't Get Next To You
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I Can't Get Next To You
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I Heard It Through The Grapevine
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I Heard It Through The Grapevine
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SK - Christmas Correspondant
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SK - Christmas Correspondant
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Winter Wonderland (Instrumental)
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Winter Wonderland (Instrumental)
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Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
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Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
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My Weakness Is You
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My Weakness Is You
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Keep On Lovin Me
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Keep On Lovin Me
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You Really Got A Hold On Me (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
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You Really Got A Hold On Me (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
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I Was Made To Love Her
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I Was Made To Love Her
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True Fine Boy
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True Fine Boy
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Tell Me It's Just A Rumour Baby (Instrumental)
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Tell Me It's Just A Rumour Baby (Instrumental)
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For Once In My Life
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For Once In My Life
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Mercy Mercy Me (Instrumental)
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Mercy Mercy Me (Instrumental)
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Its A Shame
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Its A Shame
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Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby
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Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby
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Do I Love You (Instrumental)
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Do I Love You (Instrumental)
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Pride and Joy (Instrumental)
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Pride and Joy (Instrumental)
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All The Time (Instrumental)
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All The Time (Instrumental)
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