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Bob Babbitt
Bass
Elec. Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar,
Synth. Programming, Arranger

    Bob Babbitt is a very accomplished and well acclaimed R&B, Motown, Jazz and country bass player, with extraordinary distinguished credentials.  Bob was the bass player for the legendary "Funk Brothers", who were the primary studio musicians on almost all of the Motown hits that were recorded.  Bob Babbitt has been a studio musician for over 35 years and he's played on a multitude of Grammy nominated and winning recording projects, selling over 100 million albums, with various artists.

    Below are listed some of the many recording sessions where Bob Babbitt  has appeared.  To listen and purchase CDs that Bob has played on, simply select an artist who is similar to your own style and project. Then click on the links, give Bob a listen on the clips at Amazon.com, buy the CDs to learn more about Bob's playing; and then hire Bob Babbitt, so that you can describe the sound, feel and groove you need for him to supply; to add to the magic of your recording project.

TOURING AND RECORDING
 HISTORY

ELLIOT SCOTT
PRODUCTIONS
THE FUNK BROTHERS: STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN"
Film about the legendary  Motown Musicians, who played on all of the Motown hits. Released - Summer 2002
Won two (2) Grammy Awards in February, 2003
ELLIOTTSCOTTPRODUCTIONS.COM FOR INFO ON FILM  YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TRAILER + PHOTOS
LUTHER
ALLISON
Luther's Blues (1974)
Motown Years 1972-1976 (1996)
LEE
ATWATER
RED, HOT, AND BLUES"
Grammy Nomination 

FEATURING B.B. King, Issac Hayes, 
Billy Preston, Carla Thomas, Chuck Jackson, and The Memphis Horns
STEPHEN
BISHOP
Animal House
On & On: The Hits of Stephen  (1994)
CARLENE
CARTER
Two Sides to Every Woman (1979)
CAPITALS Cool Jerk
CHAIRMAN
OF THE BOARD
Give Me Just a Little More Time
ALICE
COOPER
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976)
Lace and Whiskey (1977)
Go To Hell
You and Me
JIM
CROCE
I Got a Name (1973)
TIM
CURRY
Read My Lips (1978)
Fearless (1979)
MARVIN
GAYE
Mercy, Mercy Me - Grammy Nominee
Inner City Blues - Grammy Nominee
What's Going On (1971) - Grammy Nominee
Master 1961-1984 (1995)
Forever Yours (1997)
What's Going On [2001 Deluxe  (2001)
GLORIA
GAYNOR
Never Can Say Goodbye
Experience Gloria Gaynor (1975)
I've Got You (1976)
I Will Survive: The Anthology (1998)
JIMI
HENDRIX
Crash Landing (1975)
Midnight Lightning (1975)
ENGLEBERT
HUMBERDINK
After the Lovin'  Grammy Nominee (1977)
BJORN JENS & JIMMY STATON Kicking Up New Dust (2002) - Producer
ELTON
JOHN
Complete Thom Bell Sessions (1989)
Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 (1992)
GLADYS KNIGHT
& THE PIPS
Midnight Train to Georgia 
(GRAMMY WINNER)
(1974)
If I Were Your Woman
Miss Gladys Knight (1979)
TAJ
MAHAL
Evolution (The Most Recent) (1977)
BARRY
MANILOW
Ready to Take a Chance  
Academy Award Nominee (Movie: "Foul Play")
Somewhere in the Night
Cocacabana
JOHN
MAYALL
Bottom Line (1979)
ROBERT
PALMER
Double Fun (1978)
Addictions, Vol. 1 (1989)
Addictions, Vol. 2 (1992)
TEDDY
PENDERGRASS
It's Time for Love/This One's for (1999)
BONNIE
RAITT
Streetlight (1975)
LOU
RAWLS
Sit Down and Talk to Me/Let Me Be... (1999)
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES Tears of a Clown (1972)
35th Anniversary Collection (1994)
DIANA
ROSS
Touch Me in the Morning  - Grammy Nominee
Surrender (1972)
THE
SPINNERS
Rubber Band Man - Grammy Nominee (1977)
Spinners (1972)
New and Improved (1974)
Pick of the Litter (1975)
Happiness Is Being With the... (1976)
From Here to Eternity (1979)
EDWIN
STARR
WAR - Grammy Nominee (1971)
R. DEAN
TAYLOR
Indiana Wants Me (1968)
THE
TEMPTATIONS
Ball of Confusion
Sky's the Limit (1971)
Solid Rock (1972)
Masterpiece (1973)
Hear to Tempt You (1978)
Temptations (1981)
Emperors of Soul (1994)
UNDISPUTED
TRUTH
Smiling Faces (1971)
DIONE
WARWICK
w/The Spinners
Then Came You (Grammy Nominee) (1974)
DENIECE
WILLIAMS
My Melody (1981)
Niecy (1982)
Best of Deniece Williams: Gonna... (1996)
Love Songs (2000)
STEVIE
WONDER
We Can Work it Out (1967)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Grammy Nominee) (1968)

OTHER SELECT RECORDINGS

ORIGINAL
SOUNDRTACKS

Animal House (1978)
Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

VARIOUS
ARTISTS

Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles... (1992)
Home of the Blues [MCA] (1999)

OTHER SELECT RECORDINGS
(Various Styles and Artists)

JAZZ

STANLEY TURRENTINE
#1 JAZZ RECORD 
"MAN WITH A SAD FACE"
Grammy Nominee 

NEW COUNTRY BANDS

SHANIA TWAIN - Complete Limelight Sessions (2001)

TELEVISION APPEARANCES

JOAN
BAEZ
Also Stage
BRENDA
LEE
Also Stage

EDUCATION

COLLEGE

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
Major: HARMONY &THEORY - Bass

Featured Artist

Review

The Funk Brothers

2004 GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS

The Funk Brothers
Lifetime Achievement Award

2003 GRAMMY
AWARD WINNER

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "What's Going On," Chaka Khan & The Funk Brothers

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album

WINNER
Best Non-Fiction Film


2
002 New York Film Critics Circle

2002 National Society of Film Critics

WINNER
MIX Foundation
2003 TEC Award

 In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Bernadette," I Was Made to Love Her," and every other hit from Motown's Detroit era.

By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers.

Forty-one years after they played their first note an a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story in STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN.

With the tumultuous sixties as a backdrop, Motown's unsung heroes take the viewer on a compelling journey in time as they trace the evolution of The Motown Sound" from its origins in Detroit to its demise in Los Angeles during the seventies. Through the eyes of the riveting characters who ruled Hitsville's studio by day and the club scene of Detroit by night, we enter a world of unparalleled soul and emotion as the Funk Brothers revisit the sites of their musical roots, triumphs, and eventual heartbreak.

Contact Funk Brother Bass Player Bob Babbitt for recording sessions and as a producer through the Studio-Musicians' Network.

 


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