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Monday, July 23, 2012

Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt, 1937-2012

Posted by on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

*Apologies for the lateness of this post.

Super-slick bassist on several Motown Records hits Bob Babbitt passed away July 16 of brain cancer. He was 74.

A key member of the Funk Brothers, Babbitt laid down magnificently expressive and supple low end for some of the greatest songs of all time, including Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" and "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)," Freda Payne's "Band of Gold," the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," Edwin Starr's "War," and the greatest Motown tune ever, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown." Further, Babbitt's solo on Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" (not on Motown) is one of the most phenomenally funky performances on the instrument ever.

Read this Detroit News obit for more elaboration. RIP, Bob Babbitt.,

 

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