A Phil Brodie Band ~Tribute Page
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I am happy for people copying this part discography to various sites,
I put
* by the ones I have researched or kind people have sent me since the original list from Standing In The Shadows
; BUT it would be nice to get a mention after the hours & hours of work I have put in over 5+ years!! Please remember ~ it is always being updated

I see someone has posted it on Bassland, copied off Talk Bass and some other blogs.. Well, I have updated the list a lot since then.
I would also like to thank the few people who have given my site credit - Bev.T.


In the 90's after three decades of obscurity, musicians and music lovers throughout the world were discovering "the name" of their the holy grail of the bass world - James Jamerson, the tormented genius whose ground-shaking-heavy bass lines fed the Motown hit machine through the '60s and early '70s. Though late, he is finally getting his long overdue recognition.
The Funk Brothers can be heard on many other hits and recordings produced from their clandestine recording sessions with many local studios including Golden World and Ric-Tic label, also from thier frequent trips to the Chicago studios and not forgetting all the work they did with Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the 60's & early 70's. We will never have a full list!!

If you know any more JJ tracks or albums please email and I will add them to the below list.
If you believe any to be incorrect please let me know

[ there are many more albums, A tracks and B sides that should be on these lists ]

*Added track/updates since original list + No.1 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart
(Many others reached No.1 in other chats .. R&B etc)


A Bird In The Hand - Velvelettes *
A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder
[album version]
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana & Supremes
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
- No.1 1970
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
Ain't That Asking For Trouble - Stevie Wonder
[album version]
Aint That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
Ain't That The Truth - Jr Walker & The All Stars *
Ain't To Proud To Beg - Temptations

All I Need is Time"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
All in the Game - Four Tops
All That Glitters Isn't Gold
- Martha & The Vandellas *
Angie Girl - Stevie Wonder
[album version]
Ask The Lonely - Four Tops
Baby Don't Do It - Stevie Wonder [album version]

Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops

Baby Love - Supremes *
- No.1 1964
Back In My Arms Again - Four Tops
- No.1 1965
Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home) - The Spinners *
Bang Bang - Stevie Wonder *
Be Cool, Be Calm (And Keep Yourself Together) - Stevie Wonder *
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - Temptations
Behind A Painted Smile - Isley Brothers *
Bernadette - Four Tops
Between Her Goodbye and My Hello"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
Born to Love You - Jackson 5 *
Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
Can You Remember - Jackson 5 *
Chained - Jackson 5 *
Check Yourself - Temptations *
Cindy - Temptations *
Cloud Nine - Temptations
Come & Get These Memories - Martha & The Vandellas *

Come Round Here (I'm The One You Need) -
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles*
Come See About Me - Supremes
- No.1 1964
Come to Me - Marv Johnson
Contract On Love - Stevie Wonder *
Daddy Could Swear, I Declare"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
Dancing In The Streets - Martha & The Vandellas
Danger, Heartbreak Dead Ahead - The Marvelettes *
Darling Dear - Jackson 5 *
Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye *
Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime)" - Gladys Knight & Pips *
Don't Mess With Bill - The Marvelettes *
Easily Persuaded -
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Everybody Needs Love - Gladys Knight & Pips *
Every Time I See You I Go Wild - Stevie Wonder [album version]
Fan the Flame - Temptations *
Farewell Is A Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin * ?
Farewell My Love - Temptations *
Fever In The Funk House - James Jamerson *
Fingertips (pt2) - Stevie Won
- No.1 1963
Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) - Marvin Gaye *
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
Friendship Train"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
Get Ready - Temptations
Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue
- Temptations *
God is Love - Marvin Gaye *
Going To A Go-Go - The Miracles

Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Temptations *
Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - David Ruffin *
He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' - Velvelettes *
He Who Picks a Rose - Temptations *
Heart Breaking Guy - Supremes
Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
Help Me Make It Through the Night"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
Here I Am Baby - the Marvelettes *
Hey Girl - Stevie Wonder
Hey Love - Stevie Wonder *
Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
Hold Me - Stevie Wonder [album version]
Honey Chile - Martha & the Vandellas
Home Cookin' - Jr Walker *
How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone - Diana/Supremes
How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
How Sweet It Is(To Be Loved By You) -
Jr Walker & All Stars *
I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations
- No.1 1969
I Can't Help Myself - 4 Tops
- No.1 1965
I Could Never Love Another(After Loving You) - Temptations *
I Don't Want to Do Wrong"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
I Guess I'll Always Love you - Isley Brothers
I Hear A Symphony - Supremes
- No.1 1965
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & Pips
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
- No.1 1968
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Jackson 5 *
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Temptations
I Lost Everything I Ever Had (And Now I'm Losing You) - David Ruffin
I Love the Way You Love - Marv Johnson * ?
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
I Truly, Truly Believe - Temptations *
I Want A Love I can see - Temptations
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
I Wish It Would Rain"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
I Wish it Would Rain - Temptations *
I'd Be A Fool Right Know - Stevie Wonder *
If You Don't Want My Love - Martha & The Vandellas *
I'll Always Love You - The Spinners *
I'll Love You Forever - Edwin Starr
[album version]
I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose - Marv Johnson *
I'll Turn To Stone - 4 Tops
(I'm A) Road Runner -
Jr Walker & All Stars *
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Temptations
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & Supremes/Temptations *
I’m in a Different World - 4 Tops *
I'm Ready For Love - Martha & The Vandellas
I'm So Glad I Fell For You - David Ruffin *
I'm Wondering - Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Pretty - Temptations *
It Should Have Been Me"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
It's A Shame - The Spinners *
It's Growing - The Temptations
It's The Same Old Song - 4 Tops
It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - The Spinners *
I've Passed This Way Before - Temptations *
Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas
Just A Little Misunderstanding - Contours *
Just Let Me Know - The Temptations *
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations * - No.1 1971
Just to Keep You Satisfied - Marvin Gaye *
"L.A. Is The Place" - Kenny Koontz
Let It Snow - Temptations*
Little Darling (I Need You) - 4 Tops
Little Drummer Boy - Temptations *
Lonely Lonely Man Am I - Temptations *
Lonely Lonely Girl Am I - Velvelettes *
Love Child - Diana/Supremes
- No.1 1967
Love Is Hear & Now Your Gone -
Supremes * - No.1 1967
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart - Supremes
Love's gone Bad - Chris Clark * ?
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever - Marvin Gaye *
Make Me the Woman That You Go Home To
- Gladys Knight & Pips *

May I Have This Dance - Temptations *
Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles
Music Talk - Stevie Wonder [album version]
Mutiny - Jr. Walker *
My Baby - Temptations
My Baby Loves Me - Martha & The Vandellas
My Baby Must Be A Magician - The Marvelettes
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
My Cherie Amour - Jackson 5 *
My Girl - Temptations
- No.1 1965
My Guy - Mary Wells
- No.1 1964
My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left) - David Ruffin
My World Is Empty Without You - Stevie Wonder *
My World Is Empty Without You - Diana/Supremes

Needle In A Haystack - Velvelettes * ??
Neither One Of Us" - Gladys Knight & Pips *

No Man Can Love Her Like I Do - Temptations *
Nothing's To Good For My Baby - Temptations
Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
Oh I've Been Bless'd - Jackson 5 *
Ooh Baby Baby - The Miracles
Paradise - Temptations *
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
- No.1 1961
Please Return Your Love to Me - Temptations *
Pride & Joy - Marvin Gaye
Quicksand... - Martha & The Vandellas
Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops
- No.1 1966
Reflections - Diana/Supremes
Respect - Stevie Wonder [album version]
Save The Children - Marvin Gaye *
Seven Rooms Of Gloom - Four Tops
Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) - Four Tops
Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day - Stevie Wonder
Shoot Your Shoot - Jr Walker & The All Stars *
Shop Around - The Miracles
Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
Since I Lost My Baby - Temptations

Since You've Been Gone - Martha & The Vandellas *
Slow Down Heart - Temptations *
Someday, Someway - Martha & The Vandellas *
Standing In The Shadows Of Love - Four Tops
Standing In The Shadows Of Love - Jackson 5 *
Still Water (Love) - Four Tops
Stop! In The Name Of Love - Supremes - No.1 1965
I Know - Marvelettes *
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye
Sunny - Four Tops [album version]
Sunny - Stevie Wonder [album version]
Take Me In Your Arms - Brenda Holloway

Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *

That's What Love Is Made Of - The Miracles
The Bells - The Originals

The End of Our Road
- Gladys Knight & Pips *

The Further You Look, The Less You See - Temptations *
The Girls Alright With Me - Temptations
The Happening - Supremes*
- No.1 1967
The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game - The Marvelettes
The Nitty Gritty" - Gladys Knight & Pips *
The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells
The Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles
The Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
Third Finger Left Hand - Martha and The Vandellas *
This is My Beloved - Temptations *
This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
Time Changes Things
- Martha & The Vandellas *
To Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
To Many Fish In The Sea - The Marvelettes
Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music - The Spinners *
Too Shy To Say - Stevie Wonder *
True Love Can Be Beautiful - Jackson 5 *
Truly Yours - The Spinners *
Tune Up - Jr Walker & The All Stars *
Two Lovers - Mary Wells
Uptight (Everything Is Alright) - Stevie Wonder
Way Over There - The Miracles *
What Are You Gonna Do When I'm Gone - Kim Weston
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
What's Happening Brother - Marvin Gaye *
When I’m With You (Live) - Harvey Mason (1976) *
When Your Young And In Love - Marvelettes
Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
- No.1 1964
Who's Lovin' You - Jackson 5 *
Why Did You Leave Me Darling - Temptations *
You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells
You Can't Hurry Love - Diana/Supremes

You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes
- No.1 1966
You Keep Me Hanging On - Diana/Supremes

You Keep Me Hanging On - Supremes
- No.1 1966
You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)"
- Gladys Knight & Pips *

You're All I Need To Get By - Temptations
Your My Everything - Temptations *
(You're My) Dream Come True - Temptations *
Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
Your Wonderful Love - Temptations
You've Changed - Jackson 5 *
You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles

Some Non Motown Tracks

Kenny Koontz - "L.A. Is The Place" sadly James' last recording
Bill Withers - Family Table (1975)*
Billy Davis Jr & Marilyn McCoo -
You Don't Have To Be A Star
Bonnie Pointer - Heaven Must Have Sent You

Candi Stanton - Young Hearts Run Free
.. Scott Edwards: L.A. studio bass player
Candi Stanton - Victim * ????
Charles Wright - Ninety-Day Cycle People *
Charles Wright - So Hot *
Dionne Warwick & the Spinners - Then Came You*
Donald Byrd - Danceband *
Edwin Starr - Agent Double O Soul (1964)
Eloise Laws - You Got Me Loving You Again (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Love Goes Deeper Than That (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Ain't It Good Feeling Good (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Make It Last Forever (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Where Did We Go Wrong (1977) *
Eloise Laws - I Believe in You Baby (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Put a Little Love into It (1977) *
Eloise Laws - Camoflage (1977) *
Hugo Montenegro - Caravan
Jack Ashford - Freemont Street
Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom Boom
Lalo Shifrin - Ape Shuffle
Rhythm Heritage -The S.W.A.T. TV Theme .. Scott Edwards: L.A. studio bass player
San Remo Golden Strings - Hungry for Love *
Starsky & Hutch TV Theme *
Sylvester - Just You And Me Forever *
The Capitols - Cool Jerk *

The Distants
- Come On *
The Film Cooley High *
The Five Daffs - Your So Faithful (1958) *
The Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat

The Planet Of The Apes 1974 (televison show sessions) *

The Reflections - (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet *
The Sylvers - Boogie Fever
Wah-Wah Watson - My Love For You Comes And Goes

Motown & Non Motown
Some of these are remastered, reissued and
new albums with original tracks
There are SO MANY "Motown ~ Various Artists", bought out EVERY YEAR,
I have stopped listing them ~ If you have one, whatever year, JJ will feature on it.

1963 The Fabulous Miracles - The Miracles *
1963 Doin' Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles
1963 Meet The Tempations The Temptations *
1963 Heat Wave -
Martha & The Vandellas *
1963 The Marvelous Marvelettes - The Marvelettes
My Guy - Mary Wells
1964 (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - The Reflections *
1965 Dance Party - Martha & The Vandellas

1965 Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
1965 The Temptin' Temptations - The Temptations *
1965 Shot Gun -
Jr Walker & All Stars
1965 Second Album - Four Tops *
1965 Nowhere To Run -
Martha & The Vandellas *
1966 Dance the Cool Jerk - Capitols *
1966 We Got a Thing - Capitols *

1966 I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose - Marv Johnson *
1966 Darling Baby - The Elgins *

1966 Down To Earth - Stevie Wonder *
Gettin' Ready - Temptations
1966 The Supremes A Go-Go - Supremes *
1966 On Top - Four Tops *
1966 Moods Of Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye *
1966 Down to Earth - Stevie Wonder *
1966 Uptight Stevie Wonder
1966 Road Runner -
Jr Walker & All Stars *
1966 Greatest Hits -
Martha & The Vandellas *
1966 Get Ready - Temptations *
1966 Away We A Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles *
1966 This Old Heart Of Mine Isley Brothers
1966 Greatest Hits -
The Marvelettes *
1967 Watchout! - Martha & The Vandellas *
1967 The Marvellettes - The Marvelettes *
1967 United - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrill *

Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson

1967 The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland - Supremes
Reach Out - Four Tops
With A Lot O' Soul - Temptations *
1967 I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder *
1967 Someday at Christmas Stevie Wonder
1967 Everybody Needs Love
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1968 I Get The Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson *
1968 Swing - The San Remo Golden Strings *
1968 Ridin' High - Martha & The Vandellas *
1968 Your All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrill
1968 Here Comes The Judge - Shorty Long
1968 I Heard It On The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

1968 Yesterday's Dreams - Four Tops Album *
1968 Diana Ross/Supremes Join The Tempations - DR & S / Temptations*
1968 Your All I Need - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell *
1968 Greatest Hits Vol. 2 - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles *
1968 Eivets Rednow...Alfie Stevie Wonder
1968 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder
1968 Greatest Hits Stevie Wonder
1968 Yesterdays Dreams 4 Tops *
1968 Love Child - Diana Ross & Supremes *
1968 Soul Goes On Jerry Butler
1968 Wish It Would Rain The Temptations *
1968 Feelin' Bluesy
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1969 Sugar N' Spice - Martha & The Vandellas *
1969 Going Back To Chuck Jackson - Chuck Jackson *
1969 Just We Two - Edwin Starr & Blinky *
1969 Four Tops Now! - The Four Tops *
1969 The Prime of Shorty Long - Shorty Long *
1969 Easy - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
1969 In Full Bloom - The Marvelettes *
1969 C. C. Rides Again - Chris Clark *
1969 My Whole World Ended - David Ruffin*
1969 Feelin' Good - David Ruffin *

1969 I Heard That! Quincy Jones
1969 Cloud Nine - The Temptations *
Home Cook' Jr Walker & All Stars
1969 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder
1969 Nitty Gritty
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1969 Silk N' Soul
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1969 Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 - Jackson 5 *
1970 Hearts of Stone - Stop the World, We Wanna Get On *
1970 Right On - The Supremes *
1970 That's The Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye *
1970 Forever - Jimmy Ruffin *
1970 What Love Has….Joined Together - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles *
1970 The Return of the Marvelettes - The Marvelettes *
1970 ABC - Jackson 5 *
1970 Live at the Talk of the Town Stevie Wonder ?? read comments below
1970 Signed, Sealed & Delivered Stevie Wonder
1970 Stevie Wonder Live Stevie Wonder
1970 Third Album
- Jackson 5
1970 Diana Ross - Diana Ross *
1970 Second Time Round
- The Spinners *
1970 Christmas Card - The Temptations *
1970 Still Waters Run Deep - The Four Tops *
1970 Gladys Knight & the Pips' Greatest Hits
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1971 Solid Rock - The Temptations *
1971 Exposed - Valerie Simpson *
1971 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
1971 Where I'm Coming From - Stevie Wonder
1971 If I Were You're Woman
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1972 Nature Planned It The Four Tops
1972 Face To Face With The Truth - Undisputed Truth *
1972 All Directions - The Temptations *
1972 Together: The Eastbound Jazz Years Various Artists
1972 Standing Ovation
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1972 Floy Joy - The Supremes *
1973 Last Time I Saw Him - Diana Ross *
1973 All I Need Is Time - Gladys Knight & The Pips *
1973 You've Got It Bad, Girl - Quincy Jones
1973 Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
1973 Eddie Kendricks Eddie Kendricks *
1973 Neither One Of Us
- Gladys Knight & Pips *
1973 The Power Of Love - Jerry Butler
1974 Ninety Day Cycle People - Charles Wright *
1974 Down To Earth - The Undisputed Truth *
1974 All The Faces Of Buddy Miles - Buddy Miles

Nobody Does It Like Me - Shirley Bassey

1974 Boogie Down Eddie Kendricks *
1974 Game Called Love - The Originals *
1974 The Best of The Spinners - The Spinners *
1974 Fulfillingness' First Finale Stevie Wonder
1974 Hell up in Harlem Edwin Starr
1974 Instant Coffey Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Band
1974 Live [Motown] Marvin Gaye
1974 Martha Reeves Martha Reeves
1974 Migration Creative Source

1975 The Hit Man - Eddie Kendricks *
Making Music - Bill Withers

Others By Brothers - Hugo Montenegro *

Rocket Man - Hugo Montenegro

1975 Home Brew Arthur Adams
1975 Water & Power Water & Power
1975 Showcase - The Sylvers *
1976 Kathe Green - Kathe Green *
1976 The Impressions - It's About Time *
1976 Street Corner Symphony (2) - Little Funk Machine *
1976 Sweet Beginnings - Marlena Shaw *
1976 Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton *
1976 Earth Mover Harvey Mason *
1976 Donald Byrd Caricatures *
1976 From Every Stage Joan Baez
1976 Love & Conversation Hamilton, Joe Frank & Dennison
1976 Motion Geoff Muldaur
1976 Pressure Drop Robert Palmer
1976 Put It In Your Ear Paul Butterfield
1976 Right There Lamont Dozier
1977 The Two Of Us - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (JJ & JJ.Jr)
1977 Sweet Beginnings - Marlena Shaw *
1977 Lakeside - Lakeside *
1977 Karen Pree - Karen Pree *
1977 Ain't It Good Feeling Good - Eloise Law *
1977 Looking Back, Anthology - Stevie Wonder *
1977 At Last Dirk Hamilton
1977 Ain't It Good Feeling Good - Eloise Laws *
Having A Party - The Pointer Sisters

1977 Carnival - John Handy
1977 Elementary - Wah Wah Watson
1977 Pacific Ocean Blue - Dennis Wilson
1977 Shake It Well - The Dramatics
1978 Step 11 - Sylvester *
1978 Gypsy Woman - Leroy Gomez *
1978 Acting Up - Marlena Shaw *
1978 Any Way You Want It Deborah Washington
1978 Bonnie Pointer (Red Album) Bonnie Pointer
1978 Land of Passion Hubert Laws
1978 Love Breeze Smokey Robinson
1978 Swing Street Café Joe Sample with David T. Walker
1978 White Room Jimmy Ponder
1978 Blackjack: Original Soundtrack
Jack Ashford *
1979 Land Of Passion - Hubert Laws *
1979 From Beginning To End - Destination *
1979 Bonnie Pointer (Purple Album) Bonnie Pointer
1979 Changing Times The Mighty Clouds of Joy
1979 Shoulda Gone Dancin' High Inergy
1979 Street Life The Crusaders
1979 Turn You to Love Terry Callier
1980 Aretha [1980] Aretha Franklin
1980 Hits! "Best of Boz" Boz Scaggs
1980 Special Things The Pointer Sisters
1980 The Big Chill (original sound track) Various *
1981 Flakes - Flakes
1984 Truly for You The Temptations
1987 Good Morning Vietnam: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various *
1988 Best of Chess Vocal Groups, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1990 Big Chill: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack +Additional Classics Various *
1991 The Big Chill: More Songs From The Original Soundtrack Various *
1992 Addictions, Vol. 2 Robert Palmer
1992 Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1973 Various
1993 Express Yourself The Best of: Charles Wright & the Watts Band
1993 Hum Along and Dance - The Temptations
1993 Starbox Boz Scaggs
1994 35th Anniversary Collection Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
1994 Emperors of Soul The Temptations
1994 Greatest Hits (1980-1994) Aretha Franklin
1995 Anthology, Best of - The Temptations *
1995 Classics Collection Marvin Gaye
1995 Master 1961-1984 Marvin Gaye
1995 Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1969 Various
1996 Very Best of the Motorcity Recordings Marv Johnson
1996 Rated X-Traordinaire: The Best of Johnnie Taylor Johnnie Taylor
1997 Forever Yours Marvin Gaye
1997 It Only Takes a Minute: A Lifetime with Tavares Tavares
1997 My Time: The Anthology (1969-1997) Boz Scaggs
1997 Ultimate Collection The Four Tops *
1997 Ultimate Collection Gladys Knight & the Pips *
1997 Ultimate Collection Junior Walker & the All-Stars *
Ultimate Collection Temptations *
1998 The Big Chill: 15th Anniversary: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various *
1998 The Very Best of Edwin Starr Edwin Starr
1998 Live [Japan] Marvin Gaye *
1998 Ultimate Collection Smokey Robinson & the Miracles *
1998 Ultimate Collection Martha & the Vandellas *
1998 Ultimate Collection The Marvelettes *
1998 Ultimate Collection Mary Wells *
1998 Ultimate Motown Rarities Collection, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Rarities Collection, Vol. 1: Motown Sings Various Artists
1999 Motown's Lost & Found:Love Starved Heart ('64- '69) Marvin Gaye *
1999 Motown's Lost & Found: Along Came Love ('58-'64) Smokey Robinson *
1999 Motown's Lost & Found: Breaking Through (1958-1964) The Four Tops *
1999 Motown's Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It ('62-'68) Temptations *
1999 At the Close of the Century Stevie Wonder
1999 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection: The Best of: Four Tops *
1999 20th Century Masters: The Best Of - The Temptations *
Go Away Little Boy: The Sass & Soul Of Marlena Shaw *
2000 Crusaders' Finest Hour The Crusaders
2001 Tamla Motown Gold: The Sound Of Young America - various
2001 Fourever The Four Tops
2001 Let's Get It On [Deluxe Edition] Marvin Gaye
2001 What's Going On [2001 Deluxe Edition] Marvin Gaye
2002 The Golden Age Of Black Music (1970-1975) Compilation*
2002 My Girl: The Very Best of - Temptations *
2002 Burnin - John Lee Hooker *
2002 Best of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology Robert Palmer
2003 Chrome Collection The Spinners
2003 Complete A&M Recordings Joan Baez
2003 D & B Together [Bonus Tracks] Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
2003 Let's Get It On [Bonus Tracks] Marvin Gaye
2003 Marvin Gaye Collection Marvin Gaye
2003 What's Going On [Bonus Tracks] Marvin Gaye
2004 Lalo Shifrin: Most Wanted 1968-1979 Lalo Shifrin
2004 David: Unreleased LP & More David Ruffin
2004 Best of Candi Staton Candi Staton *
2004 Face to Face With the Truth The Undisputed Truth
2004 Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Deluxe Ed Original Sdtrack
2004 Real Thing Houston Person
2004 50th Anniversary Anthology Four Tops *
2004 The Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown Anthology Series)
Marvin Gaye*
2005 Gold [Original recording remastered] Marvin Gaye*
2006 Gold Martha Reeves & The Vandellas *
Finally Got It Right Charles Wright *

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I've spoken to both eddie willis and jack ashford - who both appear on the
Temptations' Just My Imagination - and say the bass player on it is james, not
bob babbit as occasionally listed. The signature runs certainly sound like james
too. I'm trying to get the definitive word from motown, but have no reason to
doubt these guys... they were there!
Dave, UK
Hi there Dave .. Great work!! Yes, I have noticed many places credit Bob Babbitt as the bass player on 'Just My Imagination', but he doesn't credit himself for it!

I am sure if both Eddie Willis and Jack Ashford say it
was JJ there .. well he was!


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Does anyone know who played the harmonica on
The Marvelettes 1967 track
"The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game"?? Was it Danny Stevenson??
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I have a theory.....and it's only a theory......James played on a lot of Tyrone Davis' songs for Dakar. I say this because Dakar was a subsidiary of Brunswick (home of the Jackie Wilson hits that James played on), and so it would make sense that Dakar could have easily used James on their tracks from time to time. But the MAIN thing is........listen to Tyrone's songs "Turn Back the Hands of Time" and "Is it Something That You Got." That is unmistakable James Jamerson's runs. Does anyone have anything definitive on this? I do believe that it's James..............
your opinions, anyone? Thank you.......Mark Weiss, Potomac, MD

Well we all know James did quite a bit of moonlighting!! and used to go to Chicago to record. It will be very interesting to see if we get feedback on this.. shame Tyrone is no longer with us to ask. Also you are talking of 1969 and 1970, by this time quite a number of bassists had JJ's style and technique, although some lacked his special UMPH!! ..... Beverley/webmistress
It is harder to tell by this date, although the bassist definately has JJ's tricks, it does not sound like the rest of the Funk Brothers .. anon
I hauled out my 45s and took a listen to my late '60s Brunswick sides. Strange to say, whoever they had playing bass on such songs as Barbara Acklin's Am I The Same Girl (aka Soulful Strut) and Love Makes A Woman is quite fully capable of emulating JJ, so finding out who it was on those sessions might solve the mystery. The more Chicago stuff I hear, the more I notice how strong an influence JJ had from as early as '67. Listening even to a song like Get On Up by the Esquires showed me that musicians in that area were hip to JJ. So maybe whoever that was on the other Brunswick sides also did Tyrone Davis' song as well. Would make sense and you're right, it's hard to tell many times what JJ did and didn't do as his influence grew .. Mark
The bassist playing on Barbara Acklin's is another unsung hero, Bernard Reed.
Bernard Reed was the session bassist at the Brunswick Chicago studio at this time - he is a great bass player. So far I haven't found him connected to the Tyrone Davis Dakar sessions, but I have found Bernard Reed playing bass with Tyrone at Columbia Studios, 1976 onwards
.. Beverley/webmistress
The Brunswick sessions were almost all done by Bernard Reed. He tracked hundreds of sessions with Brunswick and throughout the city with many of the Chicago labels. He's featured on the Brunswick recordings of: Tyrone Davis (everything but the song "Turn Back the Hands of Time" which he played the demo on), Gene Chandler, Barbara Acklin, Jackie Wilson (he played the demo of "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher"), early Chi-Lites (the kind that Beyonce samples), Artistics, etc. After a stint working with Brunswick, he and the house band (The Jaylynne Sound) left and formed the Pieces of Peace. They backed most of Syl Johnson's Twinight recordings. That's Bernard throwing done a wicked by on "Is It Because I'm Black" and "Concrete Reservation".
Happily, Bernard is alive and well in Chicago. He is still gigging and tracking.
Best, Colin

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Hi my name is David Bell And I am a huge James Jamerson Fan and I have The uncanny ability to spot James Jamerson on a track when I hear. Thats how much of a fan I am. I also have a track for you it's "Young hearts run free" by Candi Staton I also believe he played on that album as well as the album that included "Victum".
I'm sorry but to the person that does not know but if you really sit down and listen to "If I Were your Woman" and "Midnight Train To Georgia" There's no doubt that it is JAMES JAMERSON ON THOSE TWO RECORDINGS!!!!!!
You could be right about Candi Staton, she left the southern soul scene in 1975 for California and was produced by Dave Crawford, who propelled her into stardom with "Young Hearts Run Free" and "Victim." in 1976/78
. But I am sorry "If I Were your Woman" and the award winning "Midnight Train To Georgia" is definately Bob Babbitt.

UPDATE: the bassist is
the L.A. studio bass player.. Scott Edwards on Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" .. Beverley/webmistress
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do you know who plays bass on the Temptations version of "Someday at Christmas"? I enjoy it a lot, but I haven't been able to find out. I'm guessing it's either Jamerson or Babbit. Please help.
Hi there, I think it is Eddie Watkins is on most of The Temptations 1970 'Christmas Card' album. James is only on 2 of the tracks.. 'Let It Snow' and 'Little Drummer Boy'. (Bob Babbitt's first album with the Temptations was 'Sky's the Limit' 1971)
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Is James Jamerson the bassist on “I’m in a Different World” by The Four Tops? Cheers, Dave
Hi Dave, I have searched & searched this title. It is very interesting as this is a left over, one of HDH productions. “I’m in a Different World” was recorded earlier than when the rest of the album Yesterday's Dreams was made, and is the only HDH track on the album. (HDH had left Motown when this album was put together '68) HDH have attested to the fact that James Jamerson played on almost every one of their productions, and they never allowed others to produce songs that they had written. The Four Tops were very loyal to JJ too, seems very likely JJ will be on many of the tracks. Eddie Watkins was the other bassist at this time.
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hey, just picked up the supremes sing rodgers and hart cd, and i have yet to open it, i only bought it cuz i was hoping it would be jamerson playing some nice jazz. could you possibly confirm whether or not he played on this album, i had a hard time finding musician credits, thanks - Dan
Hi, most of these tracks I think were recorded in L.A. in 1966 and some were recored live at The Copracabana Club N.Y. in 1967, so it seems very unlikely James is on any of them, sorry. Enjoy the CD anyway.. it has some excellent reveiws.
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Hi, I don´t want to start another Kaye/Jamerson type discussion, and I don´t really know about any others, but Al Wilson´s "Show and Tell" was definitely NOT James Jamerson. I rememember especially because it was my FIRST Billboard #1 hit single! I am the bassist on ALL the songs on the album, produced by Jerry Fuller and arranged and musical directed by H. B. Barnum. ~ Dennis Parker
Hi Mr. Parker.. Thankyou Dennis for your email.. so pleased you have emailed with your impute and information, that is what this page is about .. to try and get a truer discography and expel some of the myths, but also give JJ the credit where it SHOULD go.. definitely NOT for someone else's work.. JJ had enough of his own!!
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Hello, I am a big Funk Brothers & James Jamerson fan. One question that I had was if it was either he or Babbitt that did a song called "The Streetbeater" or otherwise known as the Sanford & Son theme. This has been on my mind for quite a while now.

Fabulous Quincy Jones track, Streetbeater ... but it wasn't James Jamerson doing the bass line, it was the also great Chuck Rainey on bass. This can be verified on his website ~ Big Thanks To Gavin

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Nice Jamerson page! One small correction for you though - Michael Hendersdon is the bass player on 1970's Stevie Wonder "Live at the Talk of the Town" (his playing is mindblowing - he is so full of Jamerson inspired energy). I have the album and Stevie Wonder introduces Mike Henderson in the rhythm section
Thankyou for that information. I did know Mike Henderson was Stevie Wonder's touring bassist around the early to mid 70's. As it was a 'special' outside venue to be recorded ~ I wonder if both bassists were there, or he is dubbed on the end production. JJ has been credited for being on this album by several record sites.
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I believe he played on 'Distant Lover' from the 'Lets Get It On' album
Yes, James is the credited bassist on this album. Also on this album Wilton Felder is listed as a guest bassist, although he is famous for his saxophone playing he also doubles on electric bass. Whether he played along side James on a few tracks or on his own I do not know.
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If I'm not mistaken it sure sounds like James and some of the other Funks playing on The Reflections (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet. The track was recorded at Golden World in 1964. What do you think? - Jeff
We have a definate YES. After a bit of research of this title, I have found James was definately the moonlighting bassist on this great track! It was Golden Worlds biggest hit too.
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Did he play on'' Neither one of us'' by Gladys Knight?
"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)", was the Pips biggest Motown hit '72 .. #1 R&B / #2 pop hit. That single also happened to be their last Motown hit, Gladys Knight & the Pips departed Motown for Buddah Records in 1973. I would imagine it is a JJ track. Bob Babbitt only did one with the Pips at Motown... 1971's "If I Were your Woman" and then the grammy award winning 1973's "Midnight Train To Georgia" with Buddah Label.
Eddie Watkins was the other bassist at this time and I haven't as yet found much out about Eddie Watkins.
UPDATE: I have been in contact with Eddie Watkins... who is in the middle of a new project. When time permits he will help and try to make a list of his Motown credits.
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Hello there; I see 'Behind a painted smile' is not on your list. Do you happen to know who played bass on this great recording?
Thanks, and best wishes, Alan
This is a track from 1967's "Soul on the Rocks" the Isley Brother's second and last Motown album, and with Holland-Dozier-Holland virtually on strike most of the album was turned over to Ivy Jo Hunter. Listening to the album I would definately say it is James on that track. James did their first album "This Old Heart Of Mine". The only other bassist at that time was Tony Newton. He sat in on sessions at motown when James was too busy or they had double bass sessions.
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People have asked where they can get a copy of James Jamerson's
"Fever In The Funk House"

It is the last track on the album "
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1969" various artists
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I thought you might like to add this one. Although I don't know for sure I just know it's his bass playing on Marv Johnson's "I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose". It's so bouncy it's got his signature all over it.
Yes certainly sounds like James' bounce. Marv Johnson's success came prior to his signing to Motown; though he recorded in the Snakepit as Berry's first real artist, working a lot with James. Berry Gordy, leased many of Marv's singles to United Artists Records, they were hits in UK & Europe but not released in US.
"I'll Pick a Rose for My Rose," being one of these, became a number one in UK in 1969, but was actually recorded in 1966, the B side "I Love the Way You Love" recorded in 1960 would probably be James, as may be Marv's other three 1960 US hits "You've Got To Move Two Mountains" "Happy Days" & "Merry-go-round" or were they Clarence Isabell, Willie Green orTweed Beard???
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Do you know if Jamerson played on the Temptations' Live album that was released in about 1967? . . . . This was a "One Night Only" performance done especially to record and held in Detroit City, 1967, remastered onto CD May 18th 1999. My research shows a (still) virtually unknown motown bassist has credit for the bass line on this album, bassist Bill Upchurch. (No relative to the great Phil Upchurch)
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Hellow, Is that Jamerson on The Temptations ' Fan the flame" and Jr. Walkers '' Home cookin''. Thank you for so much information on the man who changed the way the bass is played in popular music. . . .
'Fan The Flame' is a track from
the 1968 album 'Wish It Would Rain'. Ruffin's last album with Temptations before going solo. My research: I have found a review of this album praising Jamerson's amazing bass playing.
So to the first question yes it's James. So this puts 8 more titles on the list. Jr Walker however, had his own band to create his own sound 'The All-Stars'.. BUT...Yes it is JJ on 'Home Cookin' it is one of James Jamerson' great performances.
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hello. i`m from Mexico, do you know if james play in the # 1 "touch me in the morning" in 1973. thanks for your time ... toño . . . 1973 "Touch Me In The Morning" This track was a Grammy Nominee. I do know Bob Babbit backed Diana Ross on that track. It was recorded the year Motown moved to L.A.. James followed to LA too, but from the summer of '73 he was on a different understanding with Motown and he toured a lot with Marvin Gaye in the following 12 months of the move.
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Hello, would you know if James Jamerson played on Chris Clarks "Love's gone Bad" from 1966 . . . It is very likely to be James Jamerson. The Funk Brothers did all the studio recordings. However bassist Tony Newton was on Gordy's pay list at that time. Babbitt was not yet at Motown, the first track he worked on in the studio was with Stevie Wonder 'We Can Work It Out.' for the Signed, Sealed, Delivered '70 album
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Also been asked if James played on The Tempation's track "Paridise"
This track is from the 1963 Album "Meet The Temptations" which includes ~ The Way You Do The Things You Do, I Want A Love I Can See, (You're My) Dream Come True, Paradise, May I Have This Dance, Isn't She Pretty, Just Let Me Know, Your Wonderful Love, The Further You Look The Less You See, Check Yourself, Slow Down Heart, Farewell My Love. Back in 1963 James Jamerson backed 99% of ALL motown hayday releases. As I mentioned before there must be 100's of album tracks and B sides that should be credited to James. Up on one of the lists above a few of the tracks HAVE been proved to be his.. so, the way they recorded at Hitsville back then ~ he may have done the whole album.

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I have been asked if JJ is playing on the Stevie Wonder track "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" As you see on the above latest list, he appears on the same named Album.

but Bob Babbit was the bassist on "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" Bob was employed by Motown on many occasions, he became one of the Funk Brothers and at times understudied for James. . . . Thanks Ted for taking time to email.
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Hi, I was wondering, if James Jamerson possibly played the great bass
on "You to me are everything" from The Real Thing in ´76.
Best regards Matthias.

Great bass on that track, Matthias, but NO The Great JJ was not the bassist in this case
. And there are no musician credits per usual for it!! But there is a big chance it may have been the very respected session bassist/ producer Jerome Rimson, as he produced this debute album. The band, by the way, are from the UK, Liverpool I think
UPDATE: I can now definately say that Jerome Rimson (now living in Southern Ireland) was the bassists on this track. Jerome who knew James says he might send me a tribute of James for this site when he gets time ... he is just finishing his book.. which sounds great.
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