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Uriel Jones, who died on March 24 aged 74, was one of the Funk Brothers who added backing to some of Motown's greatest hits.
In particular he was known for playing on the classics, I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, both hit renditions of Ain't No Mountain High Enough, and several hits for Motown's funkiest vocal group, The Temptations.
Taking over as leading session drummer from the increasingly unreliable Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin in the mid-60s and taking his influence from bebop legend Art Blakey, Jones introduced a harder sound to Motown, helping usher the label into the funk era.
"Uriel was one of the great R&B drummers," said Alan Slutsky, former Hitsville arranger and author of the book Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
"Of the Funk Brothers drummers, Uriel was the hardest rocking. Benny Benjamin and 'Pistol' Allen were more finesse, jazz players. Uriel was a beast ... he would hit really hard," he said.
Born in Detroit on June 13 , 1934, Jones attended the notorious Moore School for Boys - a school whose only redeeming feature was its music programme.
After learning the drums at Moore, Jones played on tour with Marvin Gaye, leading to his position at Motown during the label's heyday.
His credits there included Cloud Nine, I Can't Get Next to You and Ain't Too Proud To Beg for The Temptations, soul ballads The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? by Jimmy Ruffin, For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder and innumerable other familiar numbers.
When Standing in the Shadows of Motown was adapted into a documentary film in 2002, it brought the Motown session musicians new recognition and the Funk Brothers collective were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2004.
Jones i s survived by his wife June, three children and seven grandchildren.