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You Keep Me Hangin' On (instrumental)
by The Funk Brothers, feat. Eddie Willis, guitar
THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Eddie Willis (1936 to 2018) was an American guitarist, with 'The Funk Brothers'. Edward Willis was born on June 3rd 1936 in Grenada, Mississippi, USA. As he grew up learning to play 'soul' and 'R&B' guitar, he became well-known for his signature style of muted riffs, which added a distinctive tone to the beat for hundreds of hit songs recorded at "Hitsville U.S.A." in Detroit for artists on the 'Motown' label, as part of their in-house studio band 'The Funk Brothers' during the 1960s and early 1970s. His self-claimed guitar hero influences included Chet Atkins, Wes Montgomery and Albert King, and he played the instrument on such songs as "Please Mr. Postman" by 'The Marvelettes', "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by 'The Temptations', "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by 'The Supremes' (an instrumental version which included Willis' guitar contribution is featured here) and "I Was Made to Love Her" by Stevie Wonder - he even performed on a 'Coral sitar' for the recording of "No Matter What Sign You Are" by 'The Supremes'. He did remain with the 'Motown' label for a while after it moved its operations to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, but soon returned to Detroit to work as a touring guitarist for Eddie Kendricks, following which he spent around two decades playing with 'The Four Tops'. He moved back to Mississippi in the early 1990s, and later accepted an offer from Phil Collins to perform on his 2010 album of 'Motown' and 1960s 'soul' classics, called "Going Back". He and the band received a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" in March 2013. Eddie Willis died from complications of polio at his home in Gore Springs, Mississippi, on August 20th 2018, at the age of 82. http://eu.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2018/08/20/eddie-willis-dead-funk-brothers/1044428002/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Willis
Posted: 20th August 2019
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