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James Jamerson
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    (January 29, 1936-August 23, 1983)
    Born in Edisto Island, South Carolina
    Session bassist for Motown (1964-1973)
    Member of The Funk Brothers
    He smoked cigars.
    He was an alcoholic.
    He and his fellow Funk Brothers nicknamed Motown's studio 'the Snakepit.'
    He played lying on his back when recording Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On.'
    He died broke at 47.
    He played bass on almost all of Motown's hits.
    He began his career playing with Jackie Wilson.
    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2000.
    Although he received almost no recognition during his lifetime, he is now considered one of the greatest bassists in rock and roll.
    Berry Gordy, Jr. called him 'a a genius on the bass... and incredible improviser in the studio and somebody I always wanted on my sessions.'
    Bassists he influenced include Paul McCartney, Randy Jackson, Geddy Lee, Suzi Quatro, John Entwistle, and dozens of others.
    After leaving Motown, he played on records by Robert Palmer and the Sylvers.

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