Legendary Funk Brothers Guitarist Eddie Willis Dies At 82

first_img Email Legendary Funk Brothers Guitarist Eddie Willis Dies At 82 Funk Brothers’ Guitarist Eddie Willis Dies At 82 legendary-funk-brothers-guitarist-eddie-willis-dies-82 Twitter News An extraordinary session musician who contributed to so many hits passes awayPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2018 – 9:22 am Eddie Willis, one of the first members of the legendary Motown backing band Funk Brothers, died on Aug. 20 at age 82 in his hometown of Mississippi from polio complications.In 2003 at the 45th GRAMMY Awards, Willis, along with the Funk Brothers, emerged into the spotlight as the movie they were featured in, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, won Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. That same year, their track “What’s Going On” sung by Chaka Khan won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.”As a member of the Funk Brothers, Eddie Willis helped create some of the most distinguished soul music to hit the charts,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “His guitar playing was heard worldwide on countless Motown Records classics, including the Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made To Love Her.’ …Willis will be remembered as a highly regarded session player who helped craft the signature Motown Sound. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.”In 2004 the Funk Brothers received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their prolific accomplishments behind the scenes.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook last_img

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