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Legendary Funk Brothers Guitarist Eddie Willis Dies At 82
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."