Joe Messina, a Motown guitarist and member of the Funk Brothers, has died at the age of 93.

Joe Messina, one of the star guitarists in the front row of Motown’s studio band Funk Brothers, has confirmed that his son passed away at his son Joel Messina’s Northville home early Monday morning. He died of natural causes at the age of 93.

Together with other Funk brothers, Messina won two Grammy Awards in 2003 for the soundtrack to the documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Modown”. A year later, the Recording Academy presented him and Funk with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Modown used many musicians, but most often in those classic cuts you hear a line of three guitars, with Robert White on one side of the machine and Eddie Willis on the other (enhanced by guitarists Dennis Coffee and Wa Watson). Only Stevie Wonder recreates those three guitar attacks live, giving him a real modest sound.

As for Modown, Messina’s strength was in the pulse, and his ability to play music helped him to explain parts to other guitarists. Messina also wanted to double the bass line (when the producers allowed him), you can hear him doing it with bassist James Jammerson in Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell’s “Your Precious Love”.

Guitar figure of Diana Rose and Supremes emphasizing “one day we will be together” – Joe Messina. He also starred in Four Tops ‘”Can Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Punch)”, Martha and Vandellos’ “Dancing in the Street” and Stevie Wonder’s “For One in My Life”. The myth of Detroit in the late 40s and 1950s came to the fore in his jazz chops at nightclubs on the jazz show.

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