Stitely Soundboard: Lets Get It On – Quintessential Motown Drumming

A couple of weeks ago The Stitely Orchestra did a beautiful wedding out at the Old Oak Country Club with Susan Cordigan of Big City Bride. It was an amazing night of dancing and after the band finished our sound engineer Vince Naples DJ’d for another hour.

I was walking in front of the speakers right when “Lets Get It On” by Marvin Gaye came on. I was blown away by the power of the band starting that tune. I always thought of it as a gentle tune and it’s really a gutsy feel with lots of drive. What really knocked me out was the sound the drummer created – the way he hit the drums with such force and passion. That’s a given with Marvin singing but to hear the rhythm section grooving the way they do is just awesome.

I’ve started memorizing every beat and every fill the drummer does because each fill is a perfect example of Motown drumming at it’s best. Not many people know that Marvin Gaye started out as a Motown session drummer. He played on a lot of the early Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hits. That explains the deep groove that Marvin creates when he sings. Check it out for yourself.

-Jeff Stitely


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