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Earl van Dyke
Earl, born in 1930 in Detroit, MI, was preceded as keyboardist and bandleader of the Funk Brothers by Joe Hunter. In the early 1960s, he also recorded as a jazz organist with saxophonists Fred Jackson and Ike Quebec for the Blue Note label. Besides his work as the session keyboardist on Motown hits such as "Bernadette" by The Four Tops, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, and "Runaway Child, Running Wild" by The Temptations, Van Dyke performed with a small band as an opening act for several Motown artists, and released instrumental singles and albums himself. Several of Van Dyke's recordings feature him playing keys over the original instrumental tracks for Motown hits; others are complete covers of Motown songs. Van Dyke played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and harpsichord. He played a toy piano for the introduction of the Temptations' hit, "It's Growing". His musical influences included Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, and Barry Harris. Van Dyke died in 1992 at the age of 62.


Hootin' 'n Tootin'
Blue Note ST 84094
recorded February 1962 in NJ/USA
Fred Jackson, tenor sax
Earl van Dyke, organ
Willie Jones, guitar
Wilbert Hogan, drums
Ike Quebec: The Complete Blue Note 45 Session
Blue Note 11441
recorded February 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Ike Quebec, tenor sax
Earl van Dyke, organ
Willie Jones, guitar
Wilbert Hogan, drums
Sam Jones, bass
That Motown Sound
Motown MS-631
released 1965
Earl van Dyke, organ
The Soul Brothers
Tamla Motown 1 C 062-94 237
released 1973
The Temptations, vocals
Maurice Davis, trumpet
Eddie Willis, guitar
Joe Messina, guitar
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin, guitar
Paul Warren, guitar
Robert Ward, guitar
Robert White, guitar
Johnny Griffith, organ
Earl Van Dyke, piano, organ
Ted Lucas, harmonica
Jack Brokensha, vibes, percussion
Bass - Bob Babbitt, bass
Eddie Watkins, bass
Leroy Taylor, bass
Aaron Smith, drums
Andrew Smith, drums
Richard "Pistol" Allen, drums
Uriel Jones, drums
Bongos, Congas - Eddie "Bongo" Brown, bongos, congas
Jack Ashford, percussion
With A Song In My Heart
Blue Note LT-1052
released 1980
recorded February 1962 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Ike Quebec, tenor sax
Willie Jones, guitar
Earl Van Dyke,organ
Sam Jones, bass
Wilbert Hogan, drums
Blue Note CDP 7243 8 56690 2 6
Ike Quebec, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
Willie Jones, guitar
Sonny Clark, piano
Freddie Roach, organ
Sir Charles Thompson, organ
Earl van Dyke, organ
Milt Hinton, bass
Sam Jones, bass
Art Blakey, drums
Al Harewood, drums
Louis Hayes, drums
J.C. Heard, drums
Wilbert Hogan, drums
The Complete Albums & More
Motown 2784571
recorded may 1963
Earl Van Dyke, organ
Eli Fontaine, sax
Jack Ashford , vibes, tambourine
James Jamerson, bass
Tony Newton, bass
Bob Cousar, drums
Uriel Jones, drums
Eddie "Bongo" Brown, percussion

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