Sad news today as we hear that Uriel Jones, (pictures centre, with James Jameson) one of the Funk Brothers has passed away aged 74. Jones was the last remaining drummer in the group which only gained notoriety fairly recently thanks to the award-winning documentary ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown’
The Funk Brothers were the backing band for some of Motown’s biggest artists, helping to create hits like “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” and “Cool Jerk” but they went largely unnoticed Jones himself worked on a series of hits for Motown including including Marvin Gaye’s I Heard it Through the Grapevine and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as well as Smokey Robinson’s For Once In My Life. If you haven’t seen the documentary order it now, it’s a really great insight into Motown and the minds of seasoned musicians.
By admin | March 25th, 2009