Post by Emerald City on Jul 16, 2005 19:04:25 GMT -5
One of the more serious minded and deep thinkers amongst the members of the Funk Brothers, Robert is often referred to by his fellow Hitsville musicians as ‘the glue that held everything together’. What they’re referring to is the fat, relaxed guitar strums he played that were the meeting point for all the intertwined parts everyone else was laying down. Robert was also called upon any time the producers and arrangers needed a very distinct melody to be played on guitar, because he picked his instrument with a long thumbnail that gave all his lines a very unique and instantly recognizable tone. Arriving in Detroit in 1960 when the doo - wop group the Moonglows (for whom he was playing bass) ended a tour, Robert began working for Motown and quickly became a favourite of the producers and arrangers. Like Uriel Jones he teamed up with Earl Van Dyke and became a fixture on Detroit’s nightly club scene.