Jack Ashford

City: 
Philadelphia
Region: 
PA
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1950's-1980's
Instruments: 
Percussion
Associated Artists: 

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Jack Ashford (born 1934), known to his friends as Jashford, is a musician, widely known as the percussionist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band during the 1960s and early 1970s. Ashford is most famous for playing the tambourine on hundreds of Motown recordings. His definitive performance is on "War" by Edwin Starr; other notable songs Ashford played tambourine on include "Nowhere to Run" by Martha & the Vandellas, "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston, and many more. He also played vibes, shakers, and the marimba on the label's recordings, such as The Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby". The early 80s even saw production work from Ashford, however the world was not ready for the aggressive p-funk/80s stylings, typical of his productions around this time.

Discography

Released: 1962
Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Released: 1970
Released: 1972
Released: 1973
Released: 1973
Released: 2004

Concerts