FUNK BROTHERS ACCEPTING THEIR 2 GRAMMYS 2003
The Recording Academy Give Funk Brothers
Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
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First Row: producer Ted Greenberg, pianist Joe Hunter, guitarist Joe Messina,
bassist Bob Babbitt, and producers Harry Weinger and Allan Slutsky.
Bottom row left to right: drummer Uriel Jones,
guitarist Eddie Willis and percussionist Jack Ashford.
Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - 2003 Allan Slutsky, Harry Weinger (producers), Ted Greenberg (producer & engineer/mixer), Kooster McAllister (engineer/mixer) & The Funk Brothers for Standing in the Shadows of Motown performed by The Funk Brothers & various artists
|WINNER - BEST TRADITIONAL R&B
VOCAL PERFORMANCE: " What's Going On" - Chaka Khan & The Funk
|Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Standing In The Shadows Of
|WINNER - BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM: "Standing In the Shadows of Motown - Various Artists"|
Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual
Media - 2003 Allan Slutsky, Harry Weinger (producers), Ted Greenberg (producer &
engineer/mixer), Kooster McAllister (engineer/mixer) & The Funk Brothers for Standing in the
Shadows of Motown performed by The Funk Brothers & various artists Grammy Awards of 2002 T Bone
Burnett (producer), Peter Kurland & Mike Piersante (engineers) for O Brother, Where Art Thou
performed by various artists Grammy Awards of 2001 Danny Bramson & Cameron Crowe (producers) for
Almost Famous performed by various artists Grammy Awards of 2000 Mark Mancina (producer) & Phil
Collins (producer & artist) for Tarzan.
CD: THE BEST OF THE FUNK BROTHERS released February 3, 2004, just a few days before they receive their Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers
1. The Way You Do the Things You Do
2. Come See About Me
3. All for You
4. Too Many Fish in the Sea
5. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
6. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
7. Soul Stomp
8. 6 by 6
9. Runaway Child, Running Wild
10. The Stingray
11. What's Going On [Instrumental]
12. Papa Was a Rolling Stone
RECORDING ACADEMY® ANNOUNCES 2004 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND
GRAMMY Magazine - February 6, 2004 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award The Funk Brothers
The Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 1965, is presented by vote of the Recording Academy's National Trustees to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.
The Funk Brothers
One of the best illustrations of the important role the Funk Brothers played in the famous Motown sound was the simple but now immortalized intro to "My Girl," the song I wrote for the Temptations and one of the biggest hits I was ever involved in. We went in to cut the track, and we began with that little bass intro, and the guitarist, Robert White, just started in with this guitar riff. It was a spontaneous creative moment, and it's since gone down in history.
The Funk Brothers were not just Motown Records' backing band, they were a living part of the Motown family, and they were as much a part of creating the Detroit sound as any of the other artists and songwriters who put Motown on the map in the '60s.
The Funk Brothers were all local Detroit musicians. Our A&R director, Mickey Stevenson, went around Detroit and gathered the Funk Brothers from little clubs and brought them in to record at the studio. They were hand-picked musicians who came together to form this family.
People often say, "What was the Motown sound? Was it more bass? Was it more drums? More piano?" I firmly believe that the Motown sound was the people who created it. When we started recording in Detroit and making a bunch of hits, people were coming from all over the world — from London, Chicago, New York, Nashville, Africa, everywhere you can think of — to record their artists. It was as if they thought the Motown sound was in the air in Detroit. And if you brought your artist to Detroit to record them, you were going to get the Motown sound, because it just was hovering there. Little did they know that at the same time we were recording our artists in London and in Africa and in Chicago and New York and Nashville, and all the places they were coming from.
If our artists happened to be on the road somewhere, and we needed to record them, we were recording them in those places. And we always got the Motown sound, because it was the people — bassist James Jamerson, guitarist Robert White, drummers Benny Benjamin and Richard "Pistol" Allen, pianist Johnny Griffith and the others who were part of this family — who created that sound. And I defy anyone to tell me which records were recorded where.
Recently, the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, which helped the Funk Brothers win two GRAMMYs last year, brought a greater awareness to these deserving musicians. But in truth, they have always been appreciated, both within our family and publicly. I remember a time when we took a Motortown Review to Europe, and as we got off the plane, there were hordes of people standing there waiting. And they charged James Jamerson; there were a bunch of Motown artists on that tour, and they went straight for him.
The Funk Brothers helped create one of the most influential sounds in pop music history. There was a magic at Motown, and these were some of the magicians, and the success we created had never happened before and will probably never happen again to that magnitude.
My love, as ever, to all the Funk Brothers who are still with us, and to those who are gone.
The Funk Brothers: Richard "Pistol" Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, William "Benny" Benjamin, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Earl Van Dyke, Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina, Robert White and Eddie Willis
Smokey Robinson was an artist and executive at Motown. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a Best R&B Vocal Performance GRAMMY for "Just To See Her" in 1987. He received his own GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw and Doc Watson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award;
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 22, 2003) -- Recipients of the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award and Trustees Award were announced today by the Recording Academy®. Recording artists Van Cliburn, The Funk Brothers, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw and Doc Watson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.