Music DVD: Funk Bros. Given Lifetime Achievement Grammy7 Feb, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf
Standing in the Shadows of Motown shined a light on the Funk Brothers, a group comprised of some of the music industry's most pivotal and talented studio musicians. And the Funk Brothers are continuing to feel the glow.
At the 46th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Feb. 8, the Funk Brothers were presented with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Making Standing in the Shadows of Motown was a tremendously exciting experience and certainly a terrific way to cap off what has been an amazing career for us,” said Jack Ashford of the Funk Brothers in a statement about the award. “The phenomenal success of the film and the DVD release is a major cause of all the recognition we have received within the past year, including this very special Grammy.”
Released in 2003 by Artisan Home Entertainment (now Lions Gate Home Entertainment), the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown followed the Funk Brothers' extensive career backing up artists throughout Motown's golden era. The group has played on more hit records than the Beatles, The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones combined.
Last year, the Funk Brothers won the first Grammys of their four-decade career -- one for best compilation soundtrack album for Motown and the other for best traditional R&B vocal performance for a track from the film, “What's Going On?,” featuring Chaka Khan.