Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dies
Motown Bassist Bob Babbitt died July 16 in Nashville after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2011. He was 74. Widely known for his contributions to the Motown Records house band, the Funk Brothers, Babbitt's played bass on songs such as the Temptations' "Ball Of Confusion," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' "The Tears Of A Clown," among others. Aside from Motown work, Babbitt played with the likes of Jim Croce, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler, among others. According to AllMusic.com, Babbitt played on more than 200 Billboard Top 40 hits. Babbitt was awarded a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Funk Brothers in 2004. (7/16)
UMG To Divest Virgin, EMI Classics Catalogs?
Following news last month that the European Commission objected to Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music's recorded music division, UMG could be looking to divest Virgin Records America and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to indie label Mute, to help gain European regulators' approval, according to a Billboard.biz report. UMG executives are expected to meet with European Commission members this week to discuss proposed concessions to approve the sale. (7/16)