Allan Slutsky

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Allan Slutsky
Also known as Dr. Licks
Born 1953
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Instruments guitar
Years active 1978–present

Allan Slutsky, also known by his pen name, Dr. Licks, (born in 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Grammy Award winning American arranger, guitarist, music producer, and historian.


Slutsky studied music at Temple University. He went on to pursue guitar studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1978.

Slutsky went to Philadelphia and began transcribing music under the name "Dr. Licks."

Slutsky wrote the book Standing in the Shadows of Motown profiling the life of The Funk Brothers bass guitarist James Jamerson in 1987. The book went on to win the Rolling Stone/BMI Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award in 1989.[1]

Slutsky produced the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, released in 2002. The film expanded the scope to cover The Funk Brothers group of musicians as a whole. The film won two Grammy Awards in 2003.[2][3]


  • (1982) Doctor Licks: Rock's Hottest Guitar Solos Transcribed Note for Note
  • (1987) The Art of Playing Rhythm & Blues For Guitar, Bass, and Drums Volume One The 50's and 60's
  • (1989) Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson
  • (1997) The Funkmasters-the Great James Brown Rhythm Sections
  • (2002) Beyond Basics: Funk Guitar Rhythm Chops


  1. ^ Raoul Hernandez (2002-11-15). "Tracks of My Tears". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  2. ^ Allan Slutsky at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  3. ^ "Awards for Standing in the Shadows of Mowtown (2002)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 

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