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The Funk Brothers
The Musicians
Departed Funks
Additional Museum Pictures
Funky Links
Cholly Atkins
Keep The Funk Alive!

The Funk Brothers were the biggest hit makers of all time, performing on more number one hits than The Beatles, Beach Boys, Elvis and Rolling Stones combined!!

If you've ever enjoyed a song by The Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes or Miracles, then you've enjoyed the fantastic musicianship of The Funk Brothers.  With incredible bass lines from James Jamerson, or later Bob Babbit...and great drummers like Pistol Allen, Benny Benjamin, and Uriel Jones, The Funk Brothers already had a great foundation.  Add to that, keyboards from Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, and Johnny Griffith and you're getting some serious funk.  But it's more than bass, drums and pianos.  The Funk Brothers had some incredible guitarists too!  When you hear that guitar at the beginning of "My Girl," that's Robert White.  Other Funk Brother guitarists were Joe Messina, and Eddie Willis, a trio that made up The Oreo Cookie!
Great percussion was always important on Motown records, and that's where Eddie Brown and Jack Ashford come in! 

The Motown Museum

"Ivory" Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, and Joe Messina in a picture by Luke Palmisano

The Funk Brothers have been featured in the film "Standing in The Shadows of Motown," which is now out on DVD/VHS.


It was a treat as I saw our beloved Funk Brothers for the second time.  It was Thur. 08/21/03 at Meadow Brook Music Festival outside of Detroit.  They were again in top form.  I also, that night, got to meet, shake hands, and get autographs from all six remaining Funks.  Previously I had the pleasure of seeing The Funk Brothers play live Fri. 04/18/03 at The Detroit Opera House, and they tore the roof off that place as well!!!

Call 313-875-2264 for details on when you can visit the historical Motown Museum at Hitsville U.S.A. 2648 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI