HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–The Funk Brothers, the 13-member band who performed the backing vocals to most Motown recordings from 1959 to 1972, will receive the 2,493rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
Stevie Wonder, Ray Parker Jr. and music producer Mickey Stevenson are set to speak at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, across from Live Nation, along with band members Jack Ashford and Eddie Willis.
The group performed with Diana Ross, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Jackson Five and more.
Their award-winning hits include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “For Once in My Life,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “What’s Going On” “You are the Sunshine of My Life” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”
The 2002 Grammy Award-winning documentary “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” credits The Funk Brothers with playing on more No. 1 hit songs than The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys combined.