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Standing In The Shadows of Motown

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FUNK BROTHERS WINNING 2 GRAMMYS Feb 3. 2003
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FEBRUARY 2004


Funk Brothers Win 2 Grammys 2003

Funk Brothers Win 2 Grammys 2003


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2002 National Society
of Film Critics Awards
Best Non-Fiction Film

2002 New York
Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Non-Fiction Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association
Critics' Choice Award
Nominee: Best Documentary

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GRAMMY WINNER
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM:

"Standing In the Shadows of Motown" - Various Artists

GRAMMY WINNER
BEST TRADITIONAL
R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
:
" What's Going On"
- Chaka Khan
& The Funk Brothers

 

ABOUT THE FUNK BROTHERS

"Standing in the Shadows of Motown", is the documentary film that tells the story of Motown's legendary studio band, the Funk Brothers.

The Funk Brothers gathered in Detroit last November 2000 for filming. They are: Bob Babbitt, Richard ''Pistol'' Allen, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones, Joe Hunter, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina and Johnny Griffin.

The Music Division of the Library of Congress presented a movie screening of "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," a documentary film from the Rimshot LLC production company on December 14th, 2001 as part of "I Hear America Singing," a major initiative to celebrate this nation's rich musical heritage. The Funk Brothers were a relatively unknown group of musicians who have played on as many No. 1 one hits as the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined.

"Standing in the Shadows of Motown" was shot entirely on location in Detroit from December 2000 through January 2001, directed by Paul Justman, a veteran of music videos and music-themed documentaries, Allan Slutsky, and Sandy Passman, executive producers Paul Elliott and David Scott. Using the '60s as a backdrop, Motown's unsung heroes take the viewer on a compelling journey in time as they trace the evolution of "The Motown Sound" from its origins in Detroit to its demise in Los Angeles during the '70s.

In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's jazz and blues scene to cut songs for his new record company. The Funk Brothers were the house band and the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Bernadette," "I Was Made to Love Her," and every other hit from Motown's Detroit era.

This excellent film depicts Motown's back story, the tales of the talented jazz-bred musicians who created the intricate, rhythm-heavy Motown sound surrounding the voices of stars such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and many others. I the movie you hear them playing with singers Chaka Khan, D'Angelo, Ben Harper, and Me'Shell NdegeOcello to do songs such as "Cloud Nine" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Actor Andre Braugher, narrarates the one hour, 56-minute documentary tells the Funk Brothers' saga through archival footage and still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and 12 new live performances of Motown classics with the Funk Brothers backing up Chaka Kahn, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne and Gerald Levert. Allan Slutsky plays White's guitar part in the mix.

ABOUT MR. ALLAN "DR. LICKS" SLUTSKY

This film is based on a book of the same title by Mr. Allan Slutsky that won the 1989 Rolling Stone/BMI Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. Mr. Slutsky a New Jersey-based musician, author, and movie producer who worked for 14 years in putting together the movie, told me that after a theatrical run, the film will go to cable and then be released on tape and DVD.

 

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The Funk Brothers & Chaka Khan

See Allan Slutsky in the Background and Ringleader Carla Benson the Background Vocalist on the left. Chaka doing an EXCELLENT version of the Marvin Gaye hit accompanied by the legendary Funk Brothers with some nostalgic civil rights footage!!!

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Cornelius Grant of The Temptations tells How Funk Brothers, Berry Gordy & Motown's Hitsville Operated.

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