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Joe Messina, a prolific guitarist whose work with the Funk Brothers can be heard on Motown Classics, died on Monday, April 4, announced Detroit Free Press, He was 93 years old.

Messina died at his home in Northville, Michigan, after a long battle with kidney disease. Despite his long illness, his son Joel said that his father was still living alone until a month earlier and still often invited other musicians to play.

, As one of the original Funk Brothers, Joe Messina leaves a lasting legacy as one of the creators of the Motown soundTold free Press Motown Museum President Robin Terry. This great talent was personally recruited by Berry Gordy and was a huge influence during the label’s earliest years. We are thinking of his family and his fans and will continue to celebrate his musical contributions for generations to come. ,

Messina was born and raised in Detroit. He began his career as a jazz guitarist in his hometown, performing live and in the studio, appearing in commercials and regularly appearing on television. He was a member of the ABC Television Studios Orchestra in Detroit, and also performed on the popular Detroit television show, Soupy Sales Show. These concerts gave Messina the opportunity to play alongside jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Messina was one of several musicians Gordy had recruited from Detroit’s jazz scene when he started Motown in the late 1950s and was involved in a house band (he was one of the rare white musicians in the group). needed to be held together. Joe Messina was one of three guitarists from the Funk Brothers during the rise of Motown (Robert White and Eddie Willis were the other two) and he specialized in the art of giving songs a simple yet distinctive rhythmic background. You can hear his guitar work on “Hit Like” dancing in the streets From Martha and the Vandellas, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) of the four heads and not too proud to beg by temptations.

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Messina has played on records by nearly every major Motown artist, from Diana Ross and the Supremes to Smokey Robinson and Marvel to Stevie Wonder. In addition, we find his work on what is arguably the label’s most significant release, Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic, Whats up,

After more than a decade of success with Motown, Messina left the label after Gordy moved Motown’s headquarters to Los Angeles in 1972, but also guitar. In the early 2000s, Messina and the Funk Brothers gathered around the first documentary. standing in the shadow of motown, then on tour for a few years. soundtrack of standing in the shadow of motown Messina received a Grammy Award in 2003, while two years later the Recording Academy honored the Funk Brothers with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In a 2005 interview with the Musicians Hall of Fame, Messina discussed his guitar career in general and his work with Motown. He admitted that when he joined the Funk Brothers, he thought it would mostly be a steady job and a steady salary. , Of all the things I’ve done, I thought this would be the least importantHe explained in detail. Motown was for fun, it was work. And in the end it was good. ,

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