James Jamerson, Forgotten Motown Bassist

Thirty-one years ago today, arguably the best bassist ever died in L.A., aged 47, an alcoholic, severely depressed and out of work for the better part of two decades. The day before, his beloved 1962 Fender Precision Bass — known as “the Funk Machine” — was stolen.

How did James Jamerson, who anchored Motown’s infamous style and played more number one hits than the Beatles — 30, in case you were wondering — manage to evade the musical radar until so long after his death?

Source: www.ozy.com

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