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James Jamerson


1938

James Jamerson is born in Charleston, South Carolina.

1953

James Jamerson moves to Detroit and takes up the bass.

1959

Motown founder Berry Gordy enlists James Jamerson into the Motown house band, an ensemble of exceptional musicians who will be dubbed “the Funk Brothers.” For much of the Sixties they will provide the backing for virtually all of the records coming out of Motown and its affiliated labels.

1959

James Jamerson plays bass on countless Motown singles and album tracks, including classics by the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, the Miracles, the Marvelettes, the Temptations and others.

1973

James Jamerson relocates from Detroit to Los Angeles.

1983

James Jamerson dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles.

2000

James Jamerson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller are his presenters.

James Jamerson