HomeNews and CommentaryBob Babbitt, Nov. 26, 1937-July 16, 2012 Carl July 17, 2012 News and Commentary 4 Comments It’s sad to continually have to commemorate the passing of members of any community, and the community of musicians is no exception. Yesterday, it was announced that country star Kitty Wells passed away. Today comes word that Bob Babbitt also died yesterday. He passed away in Nashville at the age of 74. Babbitt, a bass player, isn’t a household name. But, perhaps, he should be: Mr. Babbitt’s gymnastic, groove-rooted bass work bolsters classic recordings including Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown,” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion,” Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Edwin Starr’s “War,” Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “Midnight Train To Georgia” and The Capitols’ “Cool Jerk.” Cool Jerk is above. Here is War. 4 Responses Soul of Wit July 18, 2012 The Funk Brothers were just as important to the Motown sound as any of their stars. Anyone who loves Motown music and hasn’t seen Standing in the Shadows of Motown should make a point to seek out the film. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.