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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Baby Boomer Thursdays: Motown's House Band

This will be one of the more didactic, (fancy word for teaching), baby boomer postings, but the people involved deserve it.

Every boomer knows the stars of the Motown record label, performers such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and many more. But few of us know the musicians who played on all those records, largely in obscurity.

Known as The Funk Brothers, these players backed up the vast majority of Motown's artists. So many, that in the end they had played on more charted records than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys combined. No one owns a larger share of the soundtrack of our lives than The Funk Brothers.

Their story has been preserved in the 2002 award winning film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, highly recommended. The first video clip below is from that film, where the band was reunited for a live show. The song is (Your Love is Like a) Heatwave. Originally from Martha and the Vandellas, and topped out at # 4 in 1963.

3 mins and 7 seconds, the look on the face of the late drummer Pistol Allen at 2:50 is one of many peak moments in the film.

And because it is the right thing to do, here is the original version with Martha and the Vandellas.

2 mins and 48 seconds, ENJOY !

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