The Funk Brothers


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The most successful group of studio musicians!

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name. Most of the time, they weren’t even credited to the albums.

When they performed with their bandleader, they went under the name Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers. Apparently, Berry Gordy didn’t like the name Funk.

Made up of a core of fifteen studio musicians, they did, however, play on more #1 hits than The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys, put together!

The Funk Brothers were active between 1959 and 1972 when Motown moved from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Perhaps the greatest musician in the Funk Brothers was their bass player James Jamerson. His intricate bass lines are incredible melodies, often more elaborate than the vocal melody.

A great example of Jamerson’s genius can be found in his Ain’t No Mountain High Enough bass line.

I’ve recorded six of their songs, making them the most covered band on Spytunes!

The 2002 documentary Standing In The Shadows Of Motown was the first time they got any real recognition. It’s a great insight into the brutal life of being a musician in the 60s.

For example, their farewell gift in 1972 came in the form of a note on the door simply stating “No work today”.


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(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher

D | G/D | Em/D | D |
Your love, lifting me higher, than I’ve ever been lifted before.
D | G/D | Em/D | D |
So keep it up, quench my desire and I’ll be at your side, forevermore.

Go to (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher chords.


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, baby.
Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
If you need me, call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far, don’t worry, baby.

Go to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough chords.


Baby Love

C | C7/Bb | A7 | Dm |
Baby love, my baby love, I need you, oh how I need you.
Dm | C | F | C |
But all you do is treat me bad, break my heart and leave me sad.

Go to Baby Love chords.


Band Of Gold

G | G | D/F# |
Now that you’re gone, all that’s left is a band of gold.
D | C | C | 
All that’s left of the dreams I hold, is a band of gold.

Go to Band Of Gold chords.


Can I Get A Witness

Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Ah listen, everybody, especially you girls,
Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home?

Go to Can I Get A Witness chords.


Dancing In The Street

E7 | E7 (D/E) | E7 | E7 (D/E) |
Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
E7 | E7 (D/E) | E7 | E7 (D/E) |
Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the street.

Go to Dancing In The Street chords.


Get Ready

F5 | Bb | G5 | C |
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready.
F | Bb7omit3 | Gm | C |
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come.

Go to Get Ready chords.


Heat Wave

Eb N.C (Bb C Bb G) | Fm (Gbm) | Gm (Bm) | Cm (Bm) | Cm |
Whenever I’m with him, (oh, oh, oh, oh) something inside (inside),
Fm (Gbm) | Gm (Bm) | Cm (Bm) | Cm |
starts to burning (oh, oh, oh, oh), and I’m filled with desire.

Go to Heat Wave chords.


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | (C7) |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes baby, oh, oh, oh, oh.
F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C Dm7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you. Oh, baby.

Go to How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) chords.


I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

C | C | G | G |
Oh, sugar pie, honey bunch, you know that I love you.
Dm | Dm | F | G A5 |
I can’t help myself, I love you and nobody else.

Go to I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) chords.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Ebm | Ebm | Bb Ab | Ab6 Ab |
I bet you’re wonderin’ how I knew, ’bout your plans to make me blue.
Ebm | Ebm | Bb Ab | Ab7 |
With some other guy, you knew before, between the two of us guys you know I loved you more.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine chords.


Jimmy Mack

Ebm | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.

Go to Jimmy Mack chords.


My Girl

C | F | C | F |
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.
C | F | C | F |
When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.

Go to My Girl chords.


My Guy

Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 |
Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 Bb Bb6 | Bb Bb6 D7 D D7 | D7 |
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy.

Go to My Guy chords.


You Can’t Hurry Love

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
I need love, love, to ease my mind.
Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but mama said.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love chords.


You’re All I Need To Get By

A | B/A |
(You’re all I need to get by) Like sweet morning dew, I took one look at you,
Dm6/A | A |
and it was plain to see, you were my destiny.

Go to You’re All I Need To Get By.


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