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Funk Brothers with Bob Babbitt: “Mercy Mercy Me”, Live 2004

Today we’re remembering the legendary bassist Bob Babbitt, who passed away on this day in 2012. After playing on over 200 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, it’s safe to say that he will never be forgotten.

Here’s a video of Babbitt performing “Mercy Mercy Me” at the 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival with the Funk Brothers. Babbitt played on the original 1971 track by Marvin Gaye. The performance proves that even 33 years after the original, he still had the groove.

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Tremendous, thanks for posting!

Keith Dobson

Keith Dobson

The late great Bob Babbitt to good to be forgotten,genius!!

James Ramsey

Beautifully played Mr. Babbitt : ) You are missed….



Love Bob Babbitt, he’s a bass hero. This performance… not so much. Tempo is too low and Bob’s timing is not what it used to be. Having said that, please post more of his old stuff.