Motown’s Bassist Bob Babbitt Succumbs to Brain Cancer

According to Sharon Cobb, Nashville Magic Examiner, Bob Babbitt, 74, died on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. He died of brain cancer.

Trained Musician

Bob Babbitt was a bassist who was most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records’ studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966-1972.

Babbitt’s Background

This Pittsburgh-born musician was most notable for his bass performances that include “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (by Stevie Wonder), “War” (by Edwin Starr), “The Tears of a Clown” (by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles), “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” and “Inner City Blues” (by Marvin Gaye), “Band Of Gold” (by Freda Payne), “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today),” and “Just My Imagination” (Running Away With Me) (by The Temptations).

Bob Babbitt
Bob Babbitt

Babbitt played on the Jimi Hendrix album Crash Landing.

Record Offers

This talented artist accepted an offer from Phil Collins to perform on his album of Motown and 1960s soul classics Going Back, and he also appears in Phil’s Going Back live concert DVD.

On Stage

Babbitt even appeared on stage in an episode of “American Idol.” There he backed up Jacob Lusk’s performance of “You’re All I Need To Get By” for “American Idol’s” Motown Week in March 2011.


Bob Babbitt was survived by his wife and three children. Condolences go to his family, friends, fans and fellow musicians (Paul McCartney).

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