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