The Funk Brothers was the nickname of Detroit, Michigan, session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown Records recordings from 1959 until 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles.
members included bandleader Joe Hunter and Earl Van Dyke (piano); James
Jamerson (bass guitar); Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin and Richard "Pistol"
Allen (drums); Robert White, Eddie Willis, and Joe Messina (guitar); Jack
Ashford (tambourine, percussion, vibraphone, marimba); Jack Brokensha
(vibraphone, marimba); and Eddie "Bongo" Brown (percussion). Hunter left
in 1964, replaced on keyboards by Johnny Griffith and as bandleader by Van
Dyke. Uriel Jones joined the band as a third drummer. Late era bassist Bob
Babbitt joined the ensemble in 1967.
Motown released a handful of singles and LPs by Earl Van Dyke. The Funk Brothers shared billing with Van Dyke on some recordings, although they were billed as "Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers"
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