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Motown drummer Uriel Jones dies

Motown drummer Uriel Jones, best known for playing with the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, has died aged 74, a family member has confirmed.

The musician passed away in a Michigan hospital after suffering complications from a heart attack.

He first fell ill in February but had been showing signs of improvement, his sister-in-law Leslie Coleman said.

He was the last surviving drummer in the Motown session band known as the Funk Brothers.

He was a key component of the "psychedelic soul" foray by the Temptations, including Cloud Nine and I Can't Get Next To You.

"Uriel's drum sound was the most open and laid back and he was the funkiest of the three guys we had," said Motown arranger Paul Riser.

"He had a mixed feel and did a lot of different things well."

Funk Brothers toured the world and won two Grammy awards.

Jones is survived by his wife, June, and three children.



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