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Funk Brothers: Uriel Jones, drummer, dies March 26, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
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Great sounds come from many places. Legendary sounds, however, are scarce.

On Tuesday March 24, Mr. Uriel Jones, a drummer with the legendary band the Funk Brothers of Motown Records, died in Dearborn, Michigan. He was 74.  The cause was complications of a recent heart attack, his sister-in-law Leslie Coleman said.

Despite the lenghty list of hit records Jones and the Funk Brothers played on, the musicians didn’t get their due until later in life. According to the New York Times:

Mr. Jones joined the Funk Brothers around 1963 after touring with Marvin Gaye, and played on Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” the Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” the Miracles’ “Tracks of My Tears,” Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” and Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” among many other songs.

. . . “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” a 2002 documentary, opens with the claim that they “played on more No. 1 records than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined.” Yet the group remained largely unknown until that film’s release.”

I may not know “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, but with the passing of Uriel Jones, I am one of the brokenhearted.

Despite my tears, Heaven is rocking a bit stronger tonight.

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