Dennis Coffey will be giving a little Valentine's Day love back to his fans.
The Motown Funk Brothers guitarist will host a "Love & Coffey" event from 4-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Motown Museum to help promote "Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge," a recently released live album from a 1968 performance. Coffey will sign copies of the album, then offer a "Coffey and Conversation" Q&A in Motown's Studio A.
During his time with Motown Coffey played a key role in songs by the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr, the Spinners and Undisputed Truth, among others. He had his own Top 10 hit with 1971's gold-certified instrumental "Scorpio" and worked for artists such as Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Tom Jones, Parliament-Funkadelic and Barbra Streisand.
He and friend Mike Theodore also discovered and produced the first album for Detroit signer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, subject of the documentary "Searching For Sugar Man."
The "Love & Coffey" event is free and open to the public. The Motown Museum is located 2548 Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call 313-875-2264 or visit motownmuseum.org.