Musicians Hall of Famer and Funk Brother Bob Babbitt has died. He was 74.
Well-known for decades among musicians, Babbitt laid down bass lines on Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” along with “Inner City Blues” by Marvin Gaye, “The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and “War” by Edwin Starr.”
After leaving Motown, he recorded with Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Jim Croce and Frank Sinatra.
In all, he played on more than 200 top 40 hits
Babbitt was born Robert Kreinar on Nov. 26, 1937, in Pittsburgh. He joined Stevie Wonder’s touring band in 1966. The next year he became part of Motown’s house band, known as the Funk Brothers.
Babbitt is survived by his wife, Ann Kreinar, and their children, Carolyn, Joseph and Karen.
The family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Musicians Hall of Fame.