James Lee Jamerson, bassist
birth name: James Lee Jamerson, Junior

James Jamerson

January 29, 1936, Charleston, SC ~ August 2, 1983, Los Angeles, CA

He is reported to have played on some 95% of Motown recordings between 1962 and 1968. ~ Wikipedia: James Jamerson ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Wikipedia

Motown's tormented genius, James Jamerson is unanimously acclaimed as the first virtuoso of the electric bass. Plagued by alcoholism and emotional problems throughout his career, James has influenced (whether they know it or not) every electric bassist to ever pick up the instrument. Arriving at Motown in 1959, James' bass playing evolved over the next decade from a traditional root-fifth cocktail style of bass playing into an astonishing new style built upon a flurry of sixteenth-note runs and syncopations, “pushing the envelope” dissonances, and fearless and constant exploration. ~ Standing In The Shadows Of Motown: Funk Brothers ~ retrieved July 23, 2015 © Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

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James Jamerson ~ Inducted in the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ One of the unsung heroes of the Motown sound, James Jamerson was described by Motown founder Berry Gordy as “a genius on the bass… and incredible improviser in the studio and somebody I always wanted on my sessions.” ~ 2000 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Marvin Gaye ~ Let's Get It On (1973) ~ Ranked #165 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ It’s some of the most gorgeous music he ever made, resplendent with sweet strings and his clear-throated crooning. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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