JOE HUNTER DIED – Feb. 2nd, 2007
Motown pianist Joe Hunter died at home at age 79.
Joe Hunter was one of Berry Gordy’s amazing group of musicians hired to back Motown’s recording stars during the 1950’s and 60’s.
Mr. Hunter was the first such musician hired by Gordy. These back-up musicians became known as the Funk Brothers. Together, they played on more number one hits than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Elvis combined.
Their story was told in the award-winning documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
In 2004, Mr. Hunter and the other Funk Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.