Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 25th 2009 11:00AM by Dan Reilly
After touring with Marvin Gaye, Jones came to Motown in 1964, and, along with Richard "Pistol" Allen, gradually took over for the label's main drummer, Benny Benjamin, as he battled a drug addiction that killed him in 1969. Through the '60s and '70s, Jones' drumming was an integral part on such hits as the Temptations' 'Ain't Too Proud to Beg,' Gaye's 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' and the Miracles' 'The Tracks of My Tears.'
The Funk Brothers were rediscovered by many after the 2002 documentary, 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown,' that pointed out that these musicians played on "more records than the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined." The filmmaker, Allan Slutsky, told the Detroit News that Jones was "one of the great R&B drummers," and that "of the Funk Brothers drummers, Uriel was the hardest rocking." Of the 13 members featured in the film -- clips from which will be shown on 'American Idol' this week -- only four are still alive.
Jones is survived by his wife, June, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
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