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James Jamerson

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American (1938 – 1983)

James Jamerson (January 29, 1938 - August 2, 1983) was an American musician. He was the uncredited bass guitarist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list credits on their releases until 1971), and he has become regarded as one of the most influential bass guitar players in modern music history. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Jamerson was known for his unique RH technique for playing the electric bass. Adapted from his time as an upright player during his early career, he played using only the index finger on his RH which he dubbed “the hook”. The other fingers rested on the pickup guard of his stock 1962 Fender Precision Bass (P-Bass). He was also one of the first bass players in popular music to incorporate the use of a lot of open string passing tones (notes that do not fall within the chord structure), This is another “trick” used by upright bass players, to facilitate easier movement around the large neck and fingerboard of the upright instrument. This lead him to have a sound easily distinguished amongst his peers.

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  • yvesaldana

    Dayum

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • freddiejin

    I wish I was him

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • emiliano_barrom

    The man

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JamersonBass33

    This genius and the rest of the Funk Brothers were THE reason Motown sounded and still sounds better than anything out there. Anyone could have sang those songs, although they did have the greatest vocalists around... it wouldn't have been nearly the same without the FUNK!! Bass players out there, sing Jamerson's praises loud and long... get this man the fame and credit he never truly got, and the respect he so deserves for changing the instrument. Also, being originally from Pittsburgh myself... Mr. Bob Babbitt also deserves the same accolades!! (My inherent Pittsburgh bias or not, he's got the great groove also!)

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • shtmslfwthrnr

    Sex that became sound. And vice versa.

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Skonrokk

    http://www.ricksuchow.com/press-group-112.html Sections: # Motown Isolated Bass Tracks # Motown Producer On Recording Techniques # My Jamerson Mailbag # Why The Password? # Rare Motown Documents

    1 Jul 2008 Reply
  • jacofin

    Feel free to join James Jamerson -group! http://www.last.fm/group/James+Jamerson

    26 May 2007 Reply

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