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Henry R. "Hank" Cosby
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Birth: May 12, 1928
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jan. 22, 2002
Royal Oak
Oakland County
Michigan, USA

As a saxophone player, Cosby was a member of the jazz band that was the precursor to the Funk Brothers, the Motown studio band. As the Joe Hunter Band, Cosby was joined by legendary bassist James Jamerson, drummer Benny Benjamin, baritone sax player Mike Terry, guitarist Larry Veeder and pianist Joe Hunter. The group played in jazz clubs and on recording sessions all over town in the '50s.
Cosby went on to co-write and produce some of Wonder's biggest hits, with Sylvia May. The Detroit native graduated from Northern High School and served in the Army during the Korean War, where he met Nat "Cannonball" Adderly in the military band school. They also did several sessions for Berry Gordy Jr., who was then writing songs for Jackie Wilson and others.
When Gordy launched Motown Records in 1959-60, he knew the best players in town, and the Joe Hunter Band slid right into the bandstand at the Hitsville studio at 2648 W. Grand, where they became known as the Funks. Cosby was a multi-faceted employee, continuing on saxophone but also earning his spurs as a writer/producer for the label with Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, and most notably, Stevie Wonder.

 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: W. Arnold Holmes
Record added: Feb 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17849604
Henry R. Hank Cosby
Added by: W. Arnold Holmes
 
Henry R. Hank Cosby
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RIP
- gordonphilbin
 Added: Sep. 27, 2013

- TOM♦
 Added: Sep. 26, 2010
Your contributions to the Motown Sound will last through eternity. Thank you for so many lasting treasures. Rest well Mr. Cosby.
- My Everything
 Added: Jul. 21, 2010
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