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Elton John World News: A Popular Session Player Has Passed Away

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Tuesday 17 July 2012 @ 17:11 - GMT

Looking back, I think the tracks where the real me came out were Touch Me In The Morning (Diana Ross), Then Came You (Dionne Warwick), Mama Can't Buy You Love (Elton John), Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight and The Pips), and Dennis Coffey's Scorpio, which had a 90-second bass solo thats all me.

 

So said Bob Babbitt, a bass player known for his work in the Motown session crew called The Funk Brothers.

 

Sadly, he died yesterday at the age of 74.

 

Last year, he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

 

Babbitt was born Robert Kreinar. The Pittsburgh native got his first music work freelancing around Detroit in the mid-1960s and joined Stevie Wonder's touring band in 1966. A year later, he became part of The Funk Brothers.


The musician lived in Nashville for 26 years and is survived by his wife, Ann Kreinar, and their children, Carolyn, Joseph and Karen.