James Lee Jamerson was an American bass player. He was the bassist on most of Motown Records' hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, and he is one of the most influential bass players in music history..
Paul McCartney‘s inventive bass playing has influenced countless artists, but he has musical heroes of his own, and he revealed one of them during the latest round of the ongoing Q&A session he’s having with fans at his website.
Asked “Who was the biggest influence upon your bass playing?,” McCartney responded, “The
As the answer posted at McCartney’s site notes, Jamerson influenced more than McCartney — as a member of the Motown house band, dubbed the Funk Brothers, he added his distinctive sound to countless classic recordings during the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, working with a long and illustrious list of artists that included Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, among many others.
We are jumping onboard to assist Anthony McKnight and The Motown Alumni Association in raising the world's awareness of this most unique and extremely talented Detroit musician.
Here is a fantastic article on James Jamerson from the very successful NY Bassist Rick Suchow
Back in the early Sixties when American music was in the process of being conquered by the British Invasion, and bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were suddenly dominating the country’s pop charts on a regular basis, the U.S. was concurrently brewing up a storm of its own to answer back with. The sound that tornadoed out of Detroit, swept up American radio, and then blew back across the Atlantic, was known by a single word: Motown. FULL STORY
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