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 James Jamerson

James Jamerson

Birth
Edisto Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Aug 1983 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 37, Plot 265, Grave 4
Memorial ID 7645797 · View Source
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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


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  • Originally Created by: Cleophus Leatherwood
  • Added: 2 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7645797
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Jamerson (29 Jan 1939–2 Aug 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7645797, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .