Eddie Willis

African-American soul musician

Eddie "Chank" Willis (June 3, 1936 – August 20, 2018) was an African-American soul musician. Willis played electric guitar and occasional electric sitar for Motown's in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. He was born in Grenada, Mississippi. He was active in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Willis at a ceremony in March 2013 to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the Funk Brothers

Willis was known for his songs "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations, "You Keep Me Hanging On" by The Supremes, and "I Was Made to Love Her" by Stevie Wonder.

Willis died on August 20, 2018 in Gore Springs, Mississippi from complications of polio at the age of 82.[1]


  1. "Motown's Eddie Willis, one of last Funk Brothers, dead". EU.Freep. August 20, 2018.