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 ascending Venue City Region Country
The Supremes Recording Session 11/13/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Miracles Recording Session 11/11/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Four Tops Recording Session 11/06/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Four Tops Recording Session 10/19/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Supremes Recording Session 09/22/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations Recording Session 09/16/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Vandellas Recording Session 09/15/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Miracles Recording Session 09/13/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Temptations Recording Session 09/12/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Vandellas Recording Session 09/09/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 09/01/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 08/23/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 08/20/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Miracles Recording Session 08/19/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Vandellas Recording Session 08/19/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Jimmy Ruffin Recording Session 08/18/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 08/13/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Vandellas Recording Session 08/12/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 08/10/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Miracles Recording Session 08/02/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Supremes Recording Session 08/01/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Stevie Wonder Recording Session 07/18/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Miracles Recording Session 07/15/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Supremes Recording Session 07/12/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
The Supremes Recording Session 07/05/1966 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA

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