Notorious Detroit session guitarist Dennis Coffey was a member of Motown Record's studio band the Funk Brothers. Among the dozens of Motown hits featuring Coffey are Edwin Starr's War, and The Supreme's Someday We'll Be Together, as well as many Temptations hits including Ball of Confusion, Cloud Nine and Psychedelic Shack. In 1971, Coffey gained national name recognition when he recorded the instrumental funk favorite Scorpio under his own name, with his Detroit Guitar Band. The song got it's name - Scorpio - from Coffey's zodiac sign. Scorpio charted number six on the Billboard Hot 100 list, leading to his 1972 appearance on the popular television show Soul Train - he was the first white artist to be featured on the show. Scorpio would go on to be a significant influence on hip-hop music, and the song has been sampled well over one hundred times, such as on Young MC's Bust a Move, and on Public Enemy's Night of the Living Baseheads.
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