Joe Messina Obituary, Burial, Funeral, Pictures, Memorial Service of the American guitarist.
Joe Messina was an American guitarist. Dubbed the “white brother with soul,” he was one of the most prolific guitarists in Motown Records’ in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers.
Messina started playing guitar as an adolescent. By his mid-twenties, he was playing in the ABC Television studio band, accompanying such guests as Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Jack Teagarden, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Frank Rosolino, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Also while at ABC, Messina played on The Soupy Sales Show, alongside guests such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.
In 2003, Messina won two Grammys along with the Funk Brothers. He won for the soundtrack to the documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” One year later, the Recording Academy awarded Messina and the Funks a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Motown used many musicians, but you will most often hear a three-guitar line with Robert White on one side of Messina and Eddie Willis on the other (augmented by Wah Wah Watson and Dennis Coffey).
Stevie Wonder is the only person who can recreate that three-guitar sound live, giving him an authentic Motown sound.
Joe Messina Obituary, Burial, Funeral, Pictures, Memorial Service
Messina Obituary has not announced by his family yet, burial and funeral date are yet to be also announced.
The funeral pictures will be out after the funeral, and there will be a memorial service after the funeral as well. We’ll update you once his family has announced his burial and funeral date.
Born on December 13, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, United States, Messisana died early Monday, April 4, 2022, at his son Joel Messina’s Northville home, at the age of 93.