Dennis Coffey

Dennis Coffey

6 Episodes

Dennis Coffey is noted as one of the most influential members of Motown. Playing guitar with a group of legends such as Del Shannon, The Temptations, and George Clinton & Funkadelic he quickly made a name for himself. After his playing career he transitioned into being a sound engineer, working with The Jackson 5 and helping shape Motown's sound.

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Dennis Coffey
  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 6

    Episode 1

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss being the most successful Funk Brother, the process behind “Scorpio”, and hearing his hits on the radio.

  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 5

    Episode 2

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss the secrecy surrounding the Motown talent, Dennis’ session with Marvin Gaye, and his friendship with James Jamerson Jr.

  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 4

    Episode 3

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss recording with The Jackson Five, recording without a rehearsal, and playing in a rehearsal band created by Henry Cosby.

  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 3

    Episode 4

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss his first million seller single, Motown’s writing formula, and writing one song an hour in studio sessions.

  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 2

    Episode 5

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss his process of recording, how Motown sound lost its touch with the move to LA, and Berry Gordy’s corporation.

  • Dennis Coffey Interview Pt. 1

    Episode 6

    Doug Thompson sits down with Dennis Coffey to discuss how he learned guitar, his gigs as a young musician, and how he knew Berry Gordy from a young age.