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Unformatted text preview: iii. House Band: The Funk Brothers 1. James Jamerson, bass, arranger 2. Earl Van Dyke, piano 3. Bennie Benjamin, drums 4. House band gives Motown acts a uniform sound iv. Composition/Production 1. Smokey Robinson 2. Norm Whitfield 3. Eddie & Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland) 6) Stevie Wonder (b. 1950) a. Child prodigy, first billed in 1960’s as “Little” Stevie Wonder b. Career mainly takes off in 1970’s c. Style, 1970’s i. High baritone/low tenor vocal range ii. Heavy, rhythmic bass iii. Tightly arranged horn section iv. Percussive keyboards, especially synthesizers, clavinet v. Precise drumming d. After 1972 i. Songs are interconnected ii. Lyrics embrace social, political, and mystical/spiritual concerns iii. Studio is part of the composition process, much overdubbing iv. Increasing interest in electronic keyboards (synthesizers)...
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- Spring '08
- Marvin Gaye, Motown, The Temptations, b. Motown, Representative Motown artists