Legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson is to be inducted into the Fender Hall of Fame on August 7, 2009 held at the Tempe Center of the Arts in Tempe, Ariz. The Fender Hall of Fame was created in 2007 and has celebrated artists, innovators, leaders, and historically significant contributors to the Fender legacy annually as part of Fender’s missions to commemorating inspirational musicians.
Jamerson is an iconic Fender bassist, playing his legendary 1962 Three-Color Sunburst Fender Precision Bass, known as “The Funk Machine,” in the 1960s and ‘70s playing with Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye.
“FMIC is delighted to celebrate our third-annual Fender Hall of Fame event honoring two incredible contributors to music history,” said Bill Mendello, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for FMIC. “These two men comprising the class of 2009 represent what Fender is all about—passion and innovation both musically and professionally. It is a privilege to officially inaugurate these men into the Fender Hall of Fame.”
The induction is scheduled for 4 – 5pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Each inductee is honored with a video presentation about their achievements and contributions to the Fender community.