Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Nov 15, 2002
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Paul Justman
Richard ``Pistol'' Allen Himself
Jack Ashford Himself
Bob Babbitt Himself
Benny ``Papa Zita'' Benjamin Himself (archive footage)
Eddie ``Bongo'' Brown Himself (archive footage)
Bootsy Collins Himself
Johnny Griffith Himself
Ben Harper Himself
Joe Hunter Himself
James Jamerson Himself (archive footage)
Uriel Jones Himself
Montell Jordan Himself
Chaka Khan Herself
Gerald Levert Himself
Joe Messina Himself
Meshell Ndegeocello Herself
Joan Osborne Herself
Rudy Robinson Himself
Tom Scott Himself
Brian Marable James Jamerson
Paul Elliot , David Scott , Paul Justman , Sandford Passman , Alan Slutsky , Mary Petryshyn
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hitmakers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the ''brothers'' were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed. They get their due here, as Richard ''Pistol'' Allen, Benny ''Papa Zita'' Benjamin and bandmates discuss their Detroit youth, studio sessions alongside Marvin Gaye and nonstop touring.

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