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The much-fabled, long-neglected Motown studio band is set to be immortalized in the sidewalk near Hollywood and Vine, with a ceremony that’s expected to include surviving Funks Joe Messina, Eddie Willis and Jack Ashford.It didn’t happen overnight: The March 21 event will culminate a process that began more than five years ago, and which cleared a final fundraising deadline by the skin of its teeth.
Motown star Valerie Simpson and late-night bandleader Paul Shaffer were among those who made key contributions to meet the project’s $25,000 goal, with Detroit native Ray Parker Jr. pushing it past the finish line in February.
Donations are requested to help several Motown figures and their families attend the March 21 event. Checks can be made out to Funk Brothers Hollywood Star Fund and mailed to 25702 Holiday Circle B, Stevenson Ranch, CA, 91381.
Read more in the Detroit Free Press by Brian McCollum