The “Funk Brothers” at Motown with Stevie Wonder


Accession Number: 2016.8.20

Description: Publicity shot of the "Funk Brothers" at Motown with Stevie Wonder in historic Studio A at Motown Records; Wonder is in a plain dark suit in immediate foreground wearing dark sunglasses and raising his head to a boom microphone, his hands are moving so fast that they are out of focus; in the background is a six man band, all African-American with their hair cut close; at right James Jamerson plays an upright base, to his right is Hank Cosby on vibrophone; to his right is Robert White on guitar; three unidentified musicians play a trumpet and two trombones; a window in the right background reveals a shadowed engineer and tape recorders.

Medium: Photographic Paper

Date: ca. 1965

History/Provenance: According to Ted Hull, this was posed for a photographer, and whoever was in the studio area was recruited to pick up an instrument and pretend to play it, explaining the presence of Henry "Hank" Cosby on the vibes, when he was a saxophonist.

Credit Line: Gift of Ted Hull, 2016.8

Subjects: Blind children Musicians Music publishing industry