Today they are fulfilled On the 40th anniversary of the death of the great bassist James Jamerson, The man who breathed life into countless classics Motown before finally getting the honor of the album folder”How is this going’ of Marvin Gaye.
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no one has done more on notes than jamerson “You Can’t Rush To Love” of Supreme. Right-handed, he played without a pick, with just one finger, and was one of, if not the best, the most inventive and best bass players in the history of popular music.
Jamerson was born in 1936 Edisto Island, South Carolina. As a young man, he was a capable pianist and already performed in public. As a teenager, he was an introvert with a passion for gospel, blues and jazz.
He moved with his mother Detroit 1954 and High School Northwest University It begins with the secret of the double bass. He began playing in blues and jazz clubs in the Detroit area, eventually joining a band of blues singers. washboard willie Besides traveling together Jackie Wilson.
His strong reputation led him to join the Hitsville USA studio in 1959. Berry Gordy, home of Motown Records.he played bass on the single smokey robinson “Way Over There” (1959), album “Burnin'” (1962) john lee hooker In “(Like) Romeo and Juliet” reflect.
At Motown, he became part of a core of studio musicians who informally called themselves funk bros He played with him on the vast majority of the label’s recordings in the 1960s and early 1970s. Jamerson immediately swapped double bass for double bass. Fender precision.
In addition to their studio work, the Funk Brothers toured the United States with Motown artists. For most of their careers, however, none of the band members appeared on Motown records, and they were paid far less than the label’s leading artists.
Jamerson’s Motown record was a hit: It featured soul songs from the 1960s and early 1970s, including hits like The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “My Girl” and “Get Ready.” lure, “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, ‘Once in My Life’ and ‘I’m Forced to Love Her’ stevie wonder“Go Go-Go” Miracle, “Street Dancing” Author: Martha and the Vandellas, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Gladys Knight and the Peeps Band, ‘Help I’ll Be There’ and ‘Bernadette’ four tops And most of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album.
There are many soul classics, too many to list. He occasionally records for other labels. He was the bassist on John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” in 1962 and John Lee Hooker’s “Higher and Higher” in 1962. jackie wilson 1967.
On this day in 1983, James died in Los Angeles of complications from cirrhosis, heart disease and pneumonia. He’s an alcoholic, 47-year-old with the most impressive résumé of a bassist.