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James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. As a session musician he played on twenty-three Billboard Hot 100 number one hits, as well as fifty-six R&B number one hits.

In its special issue "The 100 Greatest Bass Players" in 2017, Bass Player magazine ranked Jamerson number one and the most influential bass guitarist. In 2020, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jamerson number one in its list of the 50 greatest bassists of all time.


Born29 Jan. 1936, in Edisto Beach
Died2 Aug. 1983 (Aged: 47), in Los Angeles
AreaUnited States
Years active18
ChildrenJames Jamerson, Jr.
Role(s)BassBass Guitar


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James Jamerson was reportedly brought in to a recording session for Marvin Gaye’s classic song « What’s Going On » straight from a bar. Because he was too drunk to play the song’s bass line standing up, he recorded it lying on the...


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