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Earl Van Dyke

An African American musician, most notable as the main keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Nicknamed the "Chunk of Funk," Earl Van Dyke was the keyboardist, bandleader for the Motown studio band of the '60s affectionately dubbed the Funk Brothers.

Van Dyke was preceded as keyboardist and bandleader of the Funk Brothers by Joe Hunter.

Besides his work as the session keyboardist on popular Motown hits such as "Bernadette" by The Four Tops, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, and "Run Away Child, Running Wild" by The Temptations.

Sessions musician and member of "The Funk Brothers" a nick name for the studio band.

Later led Freda Payne’s backing band in the early seventies.

Singles include.

1964: "Soul Stomp"
1965: "All For You"*
1965: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"*
1965: "The Flick (Part I)"*
1967: "6 by 6"**
1969: "Run Away Child, Running Wild"

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