Post by HitsvilleSoul on Jan 7, 2006 15:25:46 GMT -5
Stepping into the shoes of a legend is an impossible burden to handle but Bob Babbitt was tough enough to be able to work in James Jamerson’s shadow and still assert his own identity on some of Motown’s biggest hits. After freelancing around Detroit in the mid-60’s, Bob joined Stevie Wonder’s band in 1966 and eventually was brought into the studio in 1967. The overwhelming workload in the wake of Motown’s phenomenal success combined with James Jamerson’s increasing health problems necessitated bringing in a second bassist. Instantly accepted into the Funk Brothers’ family atmosphere, Bob had a very busy six year run at Hitsville, particularly with Motown producer Norman Whitfield. The shining moment in Bob’s career came in 1970 when he worked with Marvin Gaye on some of the tracks from his epic What’s Going On album.