Robert White (guitarist)

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Robert White
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Background information
Birth nameRobert Willie White
Born(1936-11-19)November 19, 1936
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
DiedOctober 27, 1994(1994-10-27) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1959–1972
Associated actsFunk Brothers, Motown Records

Robert Willie White (November 19, 1936 – October 27, 1994)[1] was an African-American soul musician, one of the guitarists for Motown's in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, White is best known for performing the guitar riff on The Temptations' number-one hit single "My Girl", but played the guitar on many successful Motown records, including "Can I Get a Witness" by Marvin Gaye, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes, "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder, "Something About You" by the Four Tops and "It's a Shame" by The Spinners.

Oscar Moore and Wes Montgomery were among White's influences. Among the guitars White used to record were the Gibson ES 335 and the Gibson L-5.

White died of complications from open heart surgery in Los Angeles in October 1994, aged 57.[1]


  1. ^ a b - accessed December 30, 2011

External links[edit]

  • Justman, Paul (2002). Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Motion picture). New York: Artisan Entertainment.