The Funk Brothers

City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1959-1972
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The Funk Brothers was the nickname of Detroit, Michigan, session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown Records recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972. 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 "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave".

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."

Discography

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Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Recording Session 06/03/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 10/22/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 10/23/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 10/28/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 11/03/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 11/15/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Sessions 11/22/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 12/03/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 12/08/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 12/13/1961 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 01/17/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 04/23/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 06/29/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 08/30/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 08/30/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 09/12/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 11/02/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 01/31/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 02/01/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 04/19/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 05/02/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 05/07/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 05/25/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 05/27/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Recording Session 08/09/1963 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA

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