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 James Jamerson Jr.

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James Jamerson Jr.

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 23 Mar 2016 (aged 57–58)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 159953308 View Source
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Musician. He was a great bassist and a very sought after bass sessionist. He has bravely followed in his fathers foot steps. He is the son of the most influential bassist in the history of rock 'n' roll, the late James Jamerson, who was part of the musical group The Funk Brothers. At age 14, he did his first gig with Motown, it was a song called “Flower Girl” by Smokey Robinson. While in the snakepit, (Motown's recording studio), Earl VanDyke and Robert White asked him to pick up the bass, he felt comfortable enough because he started learning how to play the bass at night. He got into the business alongside his father, but later branched out to play with over 200 artists ranging from the Temptations to Bob Dylan as well as work on several soundtracks. He played on many albums, Valerie Simpson Exposed, Check It Out – Tavares, Rocket Man (A Tribute to Elton John) – Hugo Montenegro, Two of Us – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Chanson – Chanson, Street Life – Crusaders and Rise – Herb Alpert He stood in his father’s place on an exciting tour called “Standing in the Shadows of Motown LIVE!”, which marks the tenth anniversary of the Motown documentary of the same name.


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