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The Gap Band: Shake, Live 1981

Robert Wilson was the Godfather of the Bass and a pioneer of the funk. Here’s just a taste of what put him in the history books as one of the greatest bassists of all time.

This 1981 clip of “Shake” comes from a live concert in Houston, Texas and has Wilson in top form. The song is chock full of memorable bass licks, and the bassist takes things over at the 3:40 mark to vocalize along with a solo.

If this doesn’t get you moving, you should check your pulse.

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Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman

Godfather of Bass…No. Pioneer of Funk…Yes. I saw the Gap Band when I was a kid back in their hey day and they put on good shows.

Anthony

Anthony

Robert Wilson was a fantastic bassist who incredibly innovative. As far as I know he was the first bass guitarist to record a bass playing a low B on Yearning for Your Love. Andrew Gouche and Victor Wooten have spoken fondly of him as an influence. The saddest thing about his early death is that I just do not think he ever recorded all that he could do in a solo.

    Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews

    That’s kind of funny, watching this video, the first thought I had was that it kind of reminded me of a Victor Wooten concert/performance. Good Stuff!

Mark S B.

Mark S B.

I remember the song , You Dropped A Bomb On Me.