The Funk Brothers
Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1989 (ranked #1 in the Sidemen (Backing Groups) category) .
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These guys are responsible for every Motown artist's success! They play with and for everybody. They've influenced directly or indirectly 90% of the current and future Hall of Famers!
Posted by Dave on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 14:42pm
I think the Funk Brothers should be inducted as sidemen. Someone else wrote the songs, but they created the Motown sound...which is as identifiable as any of the singers.
Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 18:39pm
Two of the Funk Brothers are already in as sidemen. Benny Benjamin and James Jamerson.
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 22:03pm
Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.1.09 @ 22:52pm
Joe Messina now hear is a guitar MAN THAT TOOK NO PRISONERS.. He doesn't need much gizmo's with his Gibson L-5 and tele jazz master neck,, Messina is the creator of an alternative music technique known as The Interval Study Method, which uses the chromatic and diatonic scales to create music.
Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 18:45pm
Where--WHAT--would Motown be without the Funk Brothers, who only got credit for what they did lately (and tragically, posthumously for several). They are the very definition of sidemen--those that contributed without ever getting their time in the spotlight.
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 20:34pm
Joe, they've started inducting the Funk Brothers... as individuals in the Side-Man category. Benny Benjamin and James Jamerson are in so far. But yeah, they should get more of them.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 16:51pm
All the Funk Brothers as a GROUP should be inducted.
Posted by Phil on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 22:38pm
The treatment and lack of proper legacy and recognition of the Funk Brothers is nothing less,to me, than one of the greatest tragedys/travesties of show business, period. Motown had some great artists, but none of them would have been nearly as successful without that Motown sound layed down by this incredibly gifted bunch of musicians!
Posted by burnin vernon on Thursday, 02.17.11 @ 20:53pm
The Funk Brothers should have been inducted in the sideman category as a group.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 16:58pm
Until Jann Wenner somehow dies or is ousted out of the committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you will never see legitimate artists that truly influenced rock and roll get in. Since oustering is probably not likely, the world will have to wait for him to die. There are so many acts that have no business being there and artists that created legendary music such as the Funk Brothers are overlooked. At the very minimum, each member that played for Motown's Studio band should be nominated as "Sidemen". But idiots like Jann Wenner and his cronies don't have a clue about the order in which artists should be inducted. They need an organized criteria based on multiple factors. Hell a computer program based on specific criteria could pull out better choices than those bozos.
Posted by Mike H on Tuesday, 11.22.11 @ 21:52pm
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Either the group as sidemen, or each individually (and not just the few that are in already). The definition of sidemen almost spells out what the Funk Brothers did for Motown, and God knows what the Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, and too many others to mention would be without these unheralded musicians.
Posted by Joe on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 20:08pm
If there is a real reason to NOT consider them - let all of us know!
Posted by chbpe on Thursday, 01.26.12 @ 14:00pm
Actually, the Funk Brothers can also be added to the earlier list of artists who you will be seeing inducted next year or the year after in the sidemen category or as addendums in the main performers category:
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.17.12 @ 23:15pm
The Funk Brothers
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 21:27pm
Rest in Peace Bob Babbitt, ca. 1930-2012
Posted by Joe on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 19:37pm
Bob Babbitt also worked with legendary producer Thom Bell on such Spinners classics as "Then Came You", "Games People Play" and "The Rubberband Man", then also the Elton John 1979 Top 10 hit, "Mama Can't Buy You Love" (LeRoy Bell & Casey James)!
Posted by Rick Vendl II on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 22:54pm
get standing in the shadow of motown dvd for a historical look at the funk brothers and the great music they played.
Posted by george on Thursday, 08.16.12 @ 17:37pm
THE 2013 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Posted by Roy on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 22:48pm
without the funk brother Motown would not have changed the course of music. As somebody who has played piano for 45 years they created the greatest sound in last 65 yrs in music. without them half of motowmns songs , wich I love would have never been as successful. It is a shame that musicians today don't even know who they are.Shame on the music industry
Posted by greg on Wednesday, 11.4.15 @ 17:04pm
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