Motown institution Joe Hunter, who won 3 Grammy Awards while playing with the Funk Brothers behind artists like Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Stevie Wonder has died at the age of 79.

The cause of death this past weekend is still not known although media reports indicate tht Hunter suffered from diabetes.

Tennessee native Hunter was Motown’s first pianist, brought on board by Berry Gordy even before the more famous Earl Van Dyke and while the music company was still called Hitsville. Among the songs he recorded during his Motown tenure were Shop Around and Do You Love Me? He was also a favorite of guitar legend John Lee Hooker.

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