10. The End of Obsession

A man works for two decades to preserve the legacy of the Motown musicians known as the Funk Brothers.

Robert White and Joe Messina in Studio A at Hitsville USA.

Meet Allan Slutsky

One day while writing a book on rhythm and the blues,

Allan Slutsky came across the Funk Brothers bassist James Jamerson. Shortly after, a twenty year obsession was born. For the next two decades, Slutsky would reintroduce the world to a group of musicians who had more hits than “played on more number-one hits than the Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined.”

Courtesy of the Funk Brothers

Meet The Funk Brothers

Motown’s studio band – dubbed the Funk Brothers – was comprised of multi-talented musicians who earned their musical chops in Detroit’s jazz and blues clubs. The improvisational skills and musical virtuosity they displayed, from 1959 through 1972, in the so-called “snake pit” in Studio A set Motown singles apart from all others.


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