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 James Jamerson

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James Jamerson Famous memorial

Birth
Edisto Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death
2 Aug 1983 (aged 47)
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

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 47. In 2000, he was posthumously inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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 47. In 2000, he was posthumously inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Gravesite Details

Grace marker replaced with monument on Friday, August 27, 2021 at special ceremony. See https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2021/08/27/late-motown-bassist-james-jamerson-gets-bass-topped-headstone/5619866001/


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Cleophus Leatherwood
  • Added: 2 Jul 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7645797
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7645797/james-jamerson: accessed ), memorial page for James Jamerson (29 Jan 1936–2 Aug 1983), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7645797, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .