Remembering Bob Babbitt

Motown 4 album set

Motown 4 album set (Photo credit: vintage_breda)

You like the Motown sound?  Bob Babbitt, bass player extraordinaire, was likely responsible for that.  He passed away on July 16, leaving behind a huge legacy and body of work.  He played bass for Motown’s studio band, The Funk Brothers from 1966 to 1972.  This would make a lot of people very familiar with his work, without realizing it.  He was the bass player on such hits as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours“, Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of My Tears” and Freda Payne‘s “Band of Gold”.  He also played with such greats as Phil Collins and Jimi Hendrix.  Very diverse portfolio.  Here are a few tracks.

Signed Sealed Delivered

Uptight (with Phil Collins)

About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music (a dedicated site at and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of travel posts, pictures and our videos as well as a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Albertan

Posted on January 5, 2013, in Funk, History, Live Music, Music, R&B, Remembering and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi,
    You are spot on I was one that didn’t realize this, great information, and I love the music.

  2. Love his music. Always have.

  3. Hmph.
    Still, he left behind an incredible body of work.

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