Post by Emerald City on Dec 19, 2005 19:34:06 GMT -5
Born in Detroit in 1928, Joe Messina's razor-sharp guitar backbeats sliced through the airwaves of radios worldwide, an integral part of Motown's unique sound. A jazz musician in his teens, by his mid-20s he was playing on the nationally televised "The Soupy Sales Show" alongside such guest artists as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. From there Berry Gordy recruited him to Motown, where he played on such notable hits as "I Can't Help Myself," "Your Precious Love," and "Dancing in The Street" until the label moved its operations to Los Angeles in 1972. He then put down his guitar for nearly 30 years, but retrieved his beloved Fender Telecaster from under the bed for the first time to film the concert sequences of Standing In The Shadows of Motown.