Almost immediately after I brought you last week’s update, news was filtering through of the death of yet another musical legend in the shape of Bob Babbitt who passed away at the age of 74 after a battle with brain cancer. His passing comes only a short time after another legendary bass player from Motown’s rival label Stax passed away (Donald “Duck” Dunn).
Unlike some of the other tributes that we have composed to other members of the soul family who have recently left us, Bob’s name may not be immediately familiar to you. However despite the fact that many people may have never heard of his name, I can guarantee that everyone has heard of a song that he has played on. From The Capitol’s “Cool Jerk”, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, The Temptations “Ball Of Confusion” Bob’s bass playing can be heard alongside the rest of the legendary Funk Brothers.
This week’s selection therefore is a tribute to the great man in the form of yet another classic track that he performed on – Edwin Starr’s “Agent Double-O-Soul”, recorded in 1966. This song was probably one of my first introductions to what I later understood to be called “Northern Soul” in my early teens.
So let’s raise a glass to Bob and dance around the living room in celebration of the music that these (two) great artists gave us. Cheers!!