Bob Babbitt, former Funk Brothers member and bassist for Stevie Wonder, has died at the age of 74. Babbitt passed away after losing his battle with brain cancer.
"Bob was a teddy bear of a guy," former Motown engineer Ed Wolfrum told the Detroit Free Press. "And he was an extraordinary musician - a player's player."
"He was one of the last of the breed of journeymen bass players who were total pros, could go in and crank out a hit, go to the next session and crank out another one," Allan Slutsky, writer/producer of the Funk Brothers film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, told The Detroit News.
Babbitt was born Robert Kreinar on November 26, 1937, in Pittsburgh. He got his first music work freelancing around Detroit in the mid-1960s and joined Stevie Wonder's touring band in 1966.
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