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  1. Jamerson was the subject of a 1989 book by Allan Slutsky (aka "Dr. Licks") titled Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
  2. Jamerson was becoming a neighborhood hero, driving around Detroit with his upright bass sticking out of his car window.
  3. Jamerson was at the heart of this colorful crew.
  4. James Jamerson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner.
  5. James Jamerson, the legendary Motown bassist, is an excellent example; the Motown sound would not have been possible without the electric bass.

Allan Slutsky

  1. The film was inspired by a 1989 bass guitar instruction book of the same name, by Allan Slutsky, which features the bass lines of James Jamerson.


  1. Jamerson gave his total being to a track, and that’s why he’s the master.

Bass Guitar

  1. Like Jamerson, Entwistle is credited as a pioneer on the bass guitar.
  2. From James Jamerson and Bootsy Collins to John Entwistle and Flea, this book examines the genesis of bass guitar.


  1. Jamerson built on this foundation and incorporated more melodic lines, at times almost serving a complementary role to the lead vocal.


  1. James Jamerson played bass on this selection with a style and fluency seldom heard in common hours.
  2. Fortunately, this aesthetic fit in perfectly with the style of long-time Motown sessionmen like bassist James Jamerson and guitarist Joe Messina.

Profound Influence

  1. But Jamerson also had a profound influence on the state of the recording art.


  1. Several Motown record producers, including Berry Gordy, refused to work on sessions unless Benjamin was the drummer and James Jamerson was the bassist.

Recording Sessions

  1. Several Motown producers, most notably the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, preferred to have Jamerson in on as many of their recording sessions as possible.


  1. The song opens with a classic fill by [drummer] Benny Benjamin followed by eight bars of Jamerson at his best.
  2. James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, and Tim Bogert are classic examples of players using the entire fingerboard while serving the song.

Song Written

  1. Years later, Jamerson played on a hit record of a song written by Wylie, "With This Ring" by the Platters (Musicor, number 12 R&B, spring 1967).

Bass Players

  1. In contrast to Jamerson, some bass players such as Billy Sheehan may use all four fingers.

Electric Bass

  1. He has said his early influences included Ray Brown and Ron Carter on upright bass; and James Jamerson, Paul McCartney and Chuck Rainey on electric bass.

Heroin Addiction

  1. Jamerson lost one of his closest friends, Motown drummer Benny Benjamin, to heroin addiction.
  2. After years of chronic health problems and a heroin addiction, Benny Benjamin died and James Jamerson 's alcoholism began to take its toll.

Los Angeles

  1. Long troubled by alcoholism, Jamerson died in 1983 of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California.
  2. James Jamerson dies of pneumonia and broken hearted (almost forgotten) in Los Angeles.


  1. In 1958, Johnnie Mae Matthews, owner of Northern Records heard Jamerson at a Supersuds club gig and asked him to play on sessions for the label.


  1. By playing with the blues-based band, Jamerson learned how to play the blues, while on his other gigs he played all kinds of jazz.
  2. Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove - the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands.


  1. James Jamerson Born and raised in Charleston, SC, legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson single-handedly revolutionized bass playing.


  1. Playing just an ordinary Fender Precision, Jamerson was able to take the instrument to new heights.
  2. At Northwestern High, Jamerson picked up an upright bass that was lying on the floor in the music room and "found" his instrument.
  3. The authenticity of any instrument submitted will be determined by James Jamerson Jr.


  1. While this made it more difficult to play, Jamerson believed it improved the quality of the tone.
  2. It is the kind of tone you hear on most Motown recordings, as played by a pioneering young James Jamerson.
  3. It is the kind of tone you hear on most Motown recordings, as played by a pioneering young bassist, James Jamerson.


  1. Like Jamerson, most of the other Funk Brothers were jazz musicians who had been recruited by Gordy.


  1. The planets must have been aligned over Detroit that day, as Jamerson quickly took to an instrument he didn’t particularly care for at first.
  2. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jamerson moved with his mother to Detroit in 1954.
  3. James Jamerson moves to Detroit and takes up the bass.


  1. Babbitt traded off sessions with main Motown bassist James Jamerson, and was favored over Jamerson by producer Norman Whitfield.


  1. Another gold hit that featured Jamerson was "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners (number two R&B, number one pop, fall 1974).


  1. Jamerson learned to play the double bass at Northwestern High School.
  2. Jamerson played even his busiest basslines using only his right-hand index finger and using all upstrokes, a carryover from his style on the double bass.
  3. James Jamerson played the bass lines for 100's of hit songs on one instrument: his 1962 Fender Precision.


  1. What you want to do is learn to walk them chord changes, that is how Alphonso, Jaco, Stanley, Jamerson,etc.
  2. From listening though I would say a couple of greats are stanley, marcus, carter, jaco,anthony jackson, james jamerson, ray brown.

Roll Hall

  1. Bassist James Jamerson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and drummer Benny Benjamin in 2003.


  1. When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Jamerson followed, but he never quite fit in without his Funk Brothers surrounding him.
  2. Along with Jamerson at Motown, Chuck virtually defined the role of the electric bass in pop music.
  3. Some recordings she claims to have made for Motown are also credited to James Jamerson.

James Jamerson

  1. More than 600 people paid their last respects to Jamerson in churches in Detroit and LA. One of his children, James Jamerson, Jr.
  2. But James Jamerson, Benny Benjamin and the rest of the Funk Brothers stayed home in Detroit so they could cut records.
  3. James Jamerson, legend, towering genius of Bass, has challenged countless bass players exposed to his playing.


  1. By contrast, many of Jamerson's bass lines for Motown were more melodic, more syncopated, and more improvisational than had been heard before.
  2. Babbitt and Jones were hired at Motown in part to cover for the unreliability of Jamerson and Benjamin.
  3. Jamerson and The Funk Brothers typically reported for work at 10 am and laid down the instrumental track for a song; the vocal tracks would be added later.


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