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James Jamerson
Birth: Jan. 29, 1939
Edisto Island
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1983
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Musician. He was an outstanding bass player regarded as the first virtuoso of the electric bass. In 1959, when Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan, Jamerson became a founding member of Motown studio band known as the "Funk Brothers". His bass playing proved to be a defining element of the Motown sound on such classics as "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops, "Dancing in the Street" by Martha and the Vandellas, "I Was Made to Love Her" by Stevie Wonder, "You Can't Hurry Love" by the Supremes and many more. In 1964, he stopped touring to devote himself exclusively to studio work at Motown's "Hitsville" headquarters. When Berry Gordy moved Motown's headquarters to Los Angeles in 1973, the association between Motown and Jamerson ended. He died of pneumonia at the age of 45. In 2000, he was posthumously inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Woodlawn Cemetery
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 37, Plot 265, Grave 4
GPS (lat/lon): 42.44435, -83.1312
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Originally Created by: Cleophus Leatherwood
Record added: Jul 02, 2003
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