Today's Black History Month illustration is of James Jamerson, one of the most influential bass players in music history. He was a core member of The Funk Brothers, a small group of studio musicians who performed on most Motown recordings during the 60s. He played more #1 hits than The Beatles (30 to be exact).
Jamerson used only his right index finger ("The Hook") to pick lines, an approach from his stand-up bass days. Overall, his complex melodic style brought the bass guitar from the background to the forefront and forever changed the face of bass playing.
Side note: my favorite Jamerson bass lines are "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder and "It's a Shame" by The Spinners 😌
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