June 17, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: James Jamerson’s The Funk Machine

jamersonOne of the most historic Fender bass guitars of all time belonged to James Jamerson. Born in January of 1936 in South Carolina, Jamerson later moved with his mother to Detroit, Michigan. He learned to play bass while attending Northwestern High School. He eventually found work with Berry Gordy’s famous Motown record label and the rest was history.

While working for Gordy, Jamerson formed an informal group with other musicians who were regularly in the studio together. They called themselves The Funk Brothers. Members of this group can be heard on most of the big Motown hits of the 60s, however they were not usually credited. Jamerson started out playing double bass with this group, but later switched to the Fender Precision … Continue Reading