Friday, January 29

On this day...

On this day in 1936 bassist James Jamerson was born in Charleston, South Carolina. James played bass on the majority of Motown hits from the 60's and 70's, from "My Girl" to "I Heard it Through the Grapevine". The session musicians that played for Motown in that era were generally uncredited and referred to in the business as The Funk Brothers. It was Marvin Gaye's fantastic album, "What's Going On", that first acknowledged his work as "the incomparable James Jamerson". Here's James playing with Marvin Gaye in 1973:

Video courtesy of brainchild9.

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