Jack Ashford


Oral History Information

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Musician, Percussionist

Jack Ashford played percussion as a member of the famed Funk Brothers, the house band for Motown Records beginning in the 1960s.  Jack’s unique approach to the tambourine soon resulted in his growing reputation for adding special layers to the music.  As a member of the Funk Brothers, he recorded several hundred hit records, which he continued to do even outside of Motown as he became in demand.  Among the noted tambourine driven songs he recorded are “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and “War” by Edwin Starr.