Dennis Coffey Quotes
The Gibson Firebird has its own funky sound and cuts thru like a knife. I first heard one when Funk Brother Eddie Willis had one. I sold my Fender Stratocaster and bought one. Later Eddie's broke and he got a Gibson 335. I was the only one left with a Gibson Firebird. I still have it. The last time I used it was on a CD of mine called Under the Moonlight. That CD went to number 4 on the New Adult Contempory Chart in Radio & Records.
I had played on hits with Del Shannon and at Golden World Studios. One day I got a call from James Jamerson, the bassist at Motown, and he introduced me to Hank Cosby - Stevie Wonder's producer and the musician contractor at Motown. They offered me a job playing at a Producer's Workshop located upstairs of Golden World studios. The purpose of the workshop was to allow Motown producers to try out new ideas. Producer Norman Whitfield came in one night with a song for The Temptations called Cloud Nine. I took out my wah wah pedal and used it on the song. Within two weeks I was recording the song at Hitsville with The Funk Brothers and that's how it all began.
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