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RIP Bob Babbitt (The Funk Brothers)

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Hamstrung, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Hamstrung

    Hamstrung Gold Member

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  2. Robert1950

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    Sorry to hear this. He had a hard act to follow in James Jamerson, but he was up to it. I can hear the bass riffs of "Cool Jerk" in my head right now. I saw the Funk Brothers when they came through town about 7 years ago - great show.
     
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  3. aftermidnight

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    Wow ... this is a bad week ...... dusted off this DVD about a month ago ..... and am just as impressed every time I watched it as my first time watching it.

    Funk Brothers ....... "played on more number-one hits than The Beatles, Elvis, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys combined!"

    If I remember correctly, in the DVD they talk about showing up in the studio with nothing but maybe a basic melody line ...... the drummer and bass player would start by laying down a groove ...... with the remaining musicians then jumping in ....... then, voila, another hit ...... a formula that seemed to work quite well for these guys.

    RIP Bob Babbit ...... you were one of the best.
     
  4. mhammer

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    Between Babbitt and Dunn, that's a whole lotta bottom missing. Standing in the Shadows of Motown is excellent viewing, and Babbitt has many spots in it. That's a whole lotta hits.

    Get ready for a whole lot of these sorts of announcements. Most of the stalwarts we revere are in their late 60's and early-to-mid 70's. And as much as "modern science" has done to keep hardy folks alive longer, all the folks we idolize have led some pretty hard lives on those tour buses, and occasionally in rehab. It's a testament to their hardiness that they are still ticking, but folks like Keith Rchard are not the sort you expect to see living into their 90's. Just for a point of reference, Jerry Lee Lewis turns 77 later this year, and Little Richard turns 80, a bit after him.
     

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