Bob Babbitt Passes

Bob Babbitt passes

Bob Babbitt

Renowned bassist Bob Babbitt died Monday after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 74. Born Robert Kreinar, Babbitt is a legend in the music industry for having been one of the Funk Brothers collective that backed dozens of musicians on the Motown Records label in the 1960s and ’70s. His playing can be heard on some of the biggest hits of the era, including Del Shannon’s “Little Town Flirt,” Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion,” “Inner City Blues” by Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr’s “War,” “Rubberband Man” by the Spinners, and Dennis Coffey’s instrumental hit “Scorpio.”  Babbitt is survived by his wife, Ann, two daughters, and one son.

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  1. Randy Hartley
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Bob was the greatest bassist ever. Just check out the tunes he set the groove on. He’s a legend.

    I was honored to get to know Bob well when he played on Cindy Nelson’s Nashville sessions from 2001 through 2007. The bass lines he laid down on on her “Hello-Remastered” CD rank up there with “War”, “Ball of Confusion” and the rest. He wasn’t just a great musician, but also became a good friend. He had a heart to match his signature groove.

    We love you brother Bob. RIP

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