Robert White

Musician, Composer

1936 – 1994

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Who was Robert White?

Robert Willie White 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 his home town of Detroit in October 1994, aged 57.

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Born
Nov 19, 1936
Harrisburg
Also known as
  • White, Robert
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Oct 27, 1994
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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