Woods 2010-03-13 22:07:05
It’s coming up to 30 years exactly since the death of Jim Croce.
One of the last songs he recorded was “I got a name” which has some
great bass playing on it – one of my favourite lines for a pop song.
Does anybody know who played bass on this? 3 bass players are
credited on the album, Tommy West, Joe Macho and Stu Woods.
Don hurta 2010-03-13 22:08:00
I think that I read somewhere at:
that Motown Funk Brother Bassist Bob Babbitt played on that particular track.
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Hornetamx1 2010-03-13 22:09:07
Hard to believe it has been 30 years. I always thought it was Macho who played
on the track. Croce’s wonderful guitar player Maury Muehleisen also perished
in the crash.
Woods 2010-03-15 07:37:03
Thanks, Don, for this information.
I found a post in the forum you mentioned by Bob Babbitt himself,
dated May 30, 2002, where he talks about some of the records he played
on with drummer Andrew Smith. The same rhythm section played on Gladys
Knight’s amazing hit “Midnight Train to Georgia”.
Croce’s music lives on 30 years after the man’s death. Near the end he
worked in the studio with people like Steve Gadd and Michael Kamen so
obviously no expense was spared.
Excuse me while I track down some CDs with Babbit on them!
Edward g. 2010-03-15 07:37:10
I like the song itself and have always considered it a great paean to the
spirit of individuality and independence. It is perfect for Jim Croce’s
“tarnished knight” vocal persona. I have always thought the arrangement is
too busy, up to and including the bass line. I listen to it anyway, because
it is such a powerful song to me. Besides, I don’t know of any other
version of it.
I suspect that had Jim Croce not met such a tragic early end, “I Got a Name”
would have been buried with the also-rans, because his career was very much
on the rise as the time of his death, and more hits were definitely on the
Great as it ends up being, “I Got a Name” doesn’t sound like an A-side
production. It got released as a single, along with a long string of other
posthumous hits, mostly because the producers were trying to maximize
whatever they had left. Strangely enough, it’s one of my favorite songs in
“You don’t always get what you pay for, but you always pay for what you
get.” –Don King
Kurt kurosawa 2010-03-16 17:26:31
It’s the theme tune for “The Junior Johnson Story” with Jeff Bridges.