Johnny Griffith Of Motown's Funk Brothers Dies

Funk Brothers keyboardist Johnny Griffith died Sunday in Detroit, Billboard Bulletin reports. The cause of death was not disclosed at deadline. He was 66.

Funk Brothers keyboardist Johnny Griffith died Sunday in Detroit, Billboard Bulletin reports. The cause of death was not disclosed at deadline. He was 66.

As a member of the Funk Brothers, the house band at Motown Records, Griffith helped create one of popular music's most recognizable sonic palettes. He contributed keyboards to hundreds of well-known songs, including Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine," Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," and the Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love." Griffith also played on songs by the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Four Tops, and others.

Griffith performed with the Funk Brothers Thursday night at New York's Apollo Theatre to celebrate the release of "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," an Artisan Entertainment documentary about the Funk Brothers' legacy.