He was one of the legendary Funk Brothers, adding bass lines to some of Tamla Motown's greatest records. Bob Babbitt played at Motown from the sixties through to 1972, when Berry Gordy moved the label to LA.
Babbitt was born Robert Kreinar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied classical music and double bass as a child but found his true musical home in the Detroit of soul and R&B, where he moved in the late 1950's. He played in clubs and formed The Royaltones, playing live and in the studio with Del Shannon and Stevie Wonder.
He started playing for Motown in 1967. He contributed stellar bass lines to tunes such as Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Wonder, Tears Of A Clown for Smokey Robinson, Midnight Train To Georgia for Gladys Knight and on Marvin Gaye's seminal 1971 album What's Going On. He also played on this powerful anti-Vietnam classic for Edwin Starr.
Bob Babbitt sadly passed away today. His legacy is huge.