All Quiet Now: Bob Babbit

Motown bass player Bob Babbit, who appeared on tracks by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, has died aged 74. One of the last surviving members of Motown’s house band, the Funk Brothers, he died of complications from brain cancer in Nashville, Tennessee. Manager David Spero confirmed the news in a statement from Universal Music. Babbit featured on hit records such as Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. He was well known for decades among musicians, and laid down bass lines on Gaye’s songs Mercy Mercy Me and Inner City Blues,...

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