A Phil Brodie Band
~ Info Page
1936 ~ August 2nd 1983
Just days before
James died, one final evil blow struck this amazing soul, someone crept
into his home while James was so ill in his bed and stole his friend
of 21 years, his
1962 Fender Precision. Two days later, heart broken, he sadly slipped
Help Us Find
The Funk Machine
James Jamerson played
the bass lines for dozens of hit songs on
one instrument: his 1962 Fender Precision. This bass, known as
"The Funk Machine," is one of the most important instruments
in the history of popular music. Unfortunately, it was stolen from Jamersons
Los Angeles house shortly before his death in 1983.
Bass Player would like
to see "The Funk Machine" where it belongs: in the Rock And
Roll Hall Of Fame. With the co-operation of Fender Musical Instruments,
we are offering a simple swap. Return Jamersons bass to us and
you will receive a brand-new 62 Precision from Fenders Vintage
series. No questions asked.
The authenticity of any
instrument submitted will be determined
by James Jamerson Jr. "The Funk Machine" is described in
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown this way: "There was
nothing extraordinary about it. It was a stock 62 sunburst Fender
Precision É The only part of the instrument that wasnt
was the heel of the neck, where James had carved the word Funk
into the wood and filled it in with blue ink." In addition to the
carving, there are some other characteristics which only Jamersons
son would recognize.
If you think you might have Jamersons
(or if you have information about its
please call us at (650) 513-4414.
Help us put this historic instrument into the
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
- Jim Roberts -
James Jamerson Jr. Page
TRIBUTE TO JAMES JAMERSON