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Thanks to the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown and co-producer Allan Slutsky’s 1989 book on bassist James Jamerson, at least some people now know the name of the group that played on more No. 1 records than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis combined. Unacknowledged on album sleeves, denied songwriting credits, generally paid only union-rate session wages by Berry Gordy, and denigrated by some for making mere “crossover music,” the 13 members (not all of whom were original) of the Funk Brothers nevertheless innovatively utilized their jazz-, Latin-, gospel-, and lounge- rooted chops to brighten Smokey’s cloudy day, create a heart-wrenching backdrop for Marvin’s plea “What’s Goin’ On,” and otherwise provide soul to such legends as the Supremes, the Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. After 30-plus years, the six living members are finally hitting the road as the Funk Brothers. Sadly, this tour comes a little too late for the likes of the late troubled genius Jamerson and keyboardist/bandleader Earl Van Dyke, but with “(Love Is Like a) Heatwave” keyboardist Joe Hunter, “War” bassist Bob Babbitt, and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” drummer Uriel Jones, this performance will most certainly deliver. The Funk Brothers perform with guest vocalists, including Darlene Love, Joan Osbourne, and Maxi Priest at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $40. (202) 432-7328. (Steve Kiviat)