Motown bassist and Funk Brother Bob Babbitt dies at 74

From Detroit News:

Bob Babbitt, a bass player for Motown’s studio band the Funk Brothers, died at 7:15 a.m. Monday in a Nashville hospice, according to his son, Joe Kreinar. Babbitt was 74.

Born Robert Kreinar in Pittsburgh, the veteran musician had been battling brain cancer for some time.

That’s him on Del Shannon’s “Little Town Flirt,” on Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Funkadelic’s “I Just Wanna Testify,” “Cool Jerk” by the Capitols, “Rubberband Man” by the Spinners and on Dennis Coffey’s instrumental hit “Scorpio.” His bass line on the latter propels the song so memorably, that, as Detroit musician Ralphe Armstrong once said, every bass player in Detroit had to be able to play it in the 1970s or they couldn’t get a gig.

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