Could you name the band that played on more #1 hits than the Beatles, Stones, Elvis and Beach Boys combined? A great trivia question--more importantly--a great slice of music history.
They were called The Funk Brothers--not only did they play on ALL those great Motown hits but they are they are still influential today--think everyone from Talking Heads to Jeff Beck.
So...The Electric Croude this week continues our celebration of International Guitar Month with a salute to the Funk Brothers. In particular 6 stringers Eddie Willis, the late Robert White and Joe Messina.
They trully labored in obscurity while those artists they supported could earn over $100 million dollars. Thanks to producer Alan Slutsky these great musicians began to get noticed a decade ago when the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown was released. It detailed the stories of jazz and classically trained musicians were recruited by Berry Gordy for a new kind of music.
During the show you’ll hear the musicians, their music and those they influenced. About two months ago I concentrated on the Motown artists--this week the men who made that possible.
The Electric Croude airs every late Saturday at the midnight hour EDT on WCVE Public Radio and online simul streaming at ideastations.org/radio. Central Viginia’s longest running eclectic show since 1985. Follow the host on Facebook: Geo Maida.