60th Star on the Music City Walk of Fame Honors Funk Brothers Bassist Bob BabbittTo Be Inducted on June 5th Alongside Steve Winwood
Nashville, Tenn. – Music City, Inc. will unveil its 60th commemorative sidewalk marker when bassist icon, Bob Babbitt, is inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. Babbitt, a recipient of 25 gold and platinum records, will join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steve Winwood on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public. Durango Boot Company and Black River Entertainment are also supporting sponsors of the event.
“The sole purpose of Walk of Fame is to honor the depth and breadth of Nashville,” says Butch Spyridon, President of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These 60 stars represent all genres and ages, and speak to how Nashville’s talent transcends a genre.”
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bob Babbitt is an American bassist, most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records’ studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966-1972. The group has received three Grammy® Awards and is considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. They have played on hit songs like “My Girl”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”, and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Babbitt’s notable bass artistry can also be heard on the Grammy®-nominated “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder, Grammy®-nominated “Mercy Mercy Me” and “Inner City Blues” by Marvin Gaye, and the double-platinum, Grammy®-winning #1 hit “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Babbitt’s bass lines have graced over 100 million recordings, including 200 Billboard Top 40 hits for Motown and other labels. His uncanny ability to shift from one recording hot spot to the next—from Detroit, Philadelphia, New York and Nashville—over the past four decades has transcended the supportive, background role of electric bassist to become an institution.
Babbitt has called Nashville home since the mid 80s. After coming to town to play on a record for Downs and Price, he fell in love with Music City and has spent the past 25 years here. While Babbitt is best known for the Motown sound he created with the Funk Brothers, he has also played for other genres including several country music sessions in Nashville. Babbitt continues to travel the world and has become an unofficial ambassador for the quality of studio musicians that live in Music City.
The Funk Brothers were inducted into the Nashville-based Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007 by fellow Music City Walk of Fame inductee Peter Frampton. Joe Chambers, president of the Musicians Hall of Fame and longtime fan and friend of Babbitt, stated “The records that Bob played on have not only become hit records; they have become their own genre. Much like the music of the A Team became known as the Nashville Sound, the music of the Funk Brothers became the sound of Motown. There are very few musicians whose music has impacted so many generations with no signs of slowing down. Bob Babbitt and the Funk Brothers have done just that.”
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