In Memoriam: Michael Henderson
Another important figure in the bass world has left us with the passing of Michael Henderson. He was 71 years old. The news was shared on his official Facebook page.
“Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia,” the post stated. “Bless his heart and soul. He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews and incessant touring which he loved. Please stay posted for details pertaining to The Michael Henderson ‘Celebration of Life.’”
Born and raised in Mississippi, Henderson moved to Detroit in the early 60s, where he made his mark as a bassist with groups like The Detroit Emeralds, The Fantastic Four, and eventually the Funk Brothers. He joined Stevie Wonder’s band at just 16 years old, only to be poached by jazz icon Miles Davis. His work with Davis made him one of the most prominent early fusion bassists, and he would be featured on the albums A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, On the Corner, Get Up With It, and more.
During this time, Henderson was still recording numerous top ten singles including “You’re The Man” with Mavin Gaye, “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get!” and “In The Rain” by The Dramatics, and more. After his time with Davis, he focused on his own songwriting and launched a solo career. He recorded eight albums before retiring in 1986.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Michael Henderson.