- Dennis Coffey
Dennis Coffey Birth name Dennis James Coffey Born November 11, 1940
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Genres Soul, funk, R&B, disco Occupations Musician Instruments Guitar Years active 1955–present Labels Motown, Sussex, Westbound Associated acts Funk Brothers, Detroit Guitar Band Website denniscoffeysite.com
Coffey learned to play guitar at the age of thirteen, in the Michigan Upper Peninsula town of Copper City. In 1955, as a fifteen year-old sophomore at Detroit's Mackenzie High School, Dennis played his first record session - backing Vic Gallon in "I'm Gone", on the Gondola record label. In the early 1960s he joined The Royaltones who had had hits with "Poor Boy" in 1958 and "Flamingo Express" in 1961. The Royaltones played sessions with other artists including Del Shannon.
By the late sixties as a member of the Funk Brothers studio band, Coffey played on dozens of recordings for Motown Records, and introduced a hard rock guitar sound to Motown record producer Norman Whitfield's recordings, including distortion, Echoplex tape-loop delay, and wah-wah; most notably heard on "Cloud Nine", "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" and "Psychedelic Shack" by The Temptations. He played on numerous other hit records of the era including #1 singles like Edwin Starr's "War" and Diana Ross & The Supremes "Someday We'll Be Together" and Freda Payne's #3 hit "Band of Gold". In addition, Coffey scored the blaxploitation film, Black Belt Jones.
In 1971, Coffey recorded "Scorpio" which was a million selling instrumental single that peaked at #6 on the Billboard pop chart. The instrumental track featured the former Motown "funk brother", Bob Babbitt on the bass. On January 8, 1972 Coffey became the first white artist to perform on the television show Soul Train, playing "Scorpio". "Scorpio" received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 9 December 1971.
The follow-up in 1972 was "Taurus", both credited to Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band. Since then, he has recorded several solo albums, most of them for the Sussex and Westbound labels. While at Sussex Records Coffey arranged and produced along with Mike Theodore the million selling "Nice To Be With You" by the group, Gallery.
Coffey was interviewed in the 2002 film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, which told the story of Funk Brothers and explained that he had sold his Fender Stratocaster to buy a Gibson Firebird after he heard Eddie Willis of Funk Brothers play it during a Motown session.
In 2004, he published a memoir, Guitars, Bars and Motown Superstars.
In 2008, he co-produced the Carl Dixon sessions at Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Four tracks were recorded featuring some of the Funk Brothers including Uriel Jones, Bob Babbitt, Coffey and Ray Monette, plus other distinguished Detroit session musicians. Spyder Turner, Pree and Gayle Butts were vocalists on the session. The session was arranged by David J. Van De Pitte.
On April 26, 2011 (April 25 outside the US) Coffey released the self-titled album Dennis Coffey, consisting of new songs and new versions of songs which originally featured Coffey's distinctive guitar work. Promotion for the album is set to include an international tour, kicking off with several appearances at SXSW.
Year Album Chart positions Record label US US
1969 Hair and Thangs — — Maverick Records 1971 Evolution 36 13 Sussex Records 1972 Goin' for Myself 90 37 1973 Electric Coffey 189 — 1974 Dance Party — — 1974 Instant Coffey — — 1975 Gettin' It On — — Carrere 1976 Back Home — — Westbound Records 1976 Finger Lickin' Good 147 31 1978 Sweet Taste of Sin — — 1989 Under the Moonlight — — Orpheus Records 1990 Motor City Magic — — TSR 2006 Rise of the Phoenix — — N/A 2011 Dennis Coffey — — Strut Records "—" denotes the album failed to chart
Year Title Chart positions U.S. Pop Singles U.S. Black Singles U.S. Disco Singles 1971 "Scorpio" 6 9 - 1972 "Getting It On" 93 - - 1972 "Taurus" 18 11 - 1975 "Getting It On '75" - 75 - 1977 "Our Love Goes On Forever" - 94 - 1977 "Wings of Fire/Free Spirit" - - 11
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- ^ "Soul Train" Dennis Coffey/Detroit Emeralds/Jesse James (TV episode 1972) - IMDb
- ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 291. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- ^ "Dennis Coffey US albums chart history". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p10325/charts-awards/billboard-albums. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic
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