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  • Bass Transcription: The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

    Bass Transcription: The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

    Note: It is not certain who the bassist was on The Jackson 5’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” but it’s likely to be Wilton Felder, who played on many of their early recordings after they moved to Los Angeles in 1969. There’s relatively little information about the studio musicians who worked for Motown in... »

  • In Memoriam: Wilton Felder

    In Memoriam: Wilton Felder

    His main instrument may have been saxophone, but Wilton Felder’s early work as a bass guitarist launched him into the history books of the low end. The musician, who played the bass line for the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, passed away on September 27th at the age of 75. Longtime collaborator Ray Parker,... »

  • Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” – Wilton Felder’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” – Wilton Felder’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” is another iconic bass line, and here it is, isolated in all its glory. And like the Geddy Lee track we shared yesterday, not without a little controversy. For starters, there’s been some debate on who actually played bass on the track. The consensus pick is Wilton Felder,... »