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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 Central Viginia’s longest running eclectic show since 1985. Follow the host on Facebook: Geo Maida.