Our contributor, Steve Fishman, has played bass himself with the likes of Paul McCartney and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Steve’s heart skipped a beat when he came across a battered Ampeg B-15 amp with the name “James Jamerson” stenciled on the side.
Steve calls Jamerson the Jimi Hendrix of bass players. He says Jamerson’s bass line drove the Motown sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Jamerson in the year 2000. The museum might want to display the amp, but only if History Detectives host Eduardo Pagán can prove Jamerson owned it.
- Related Investigation Slave Banjo Is this the only surviving banjo carried by former slaves following Emancipation?
- Related Investigation Cesar Chavez Banner What role did this banner play in one of the most famous civil rights campaigns in U.S. history?
- Also with Eduardo Pagán Navajo Rug Why would a weaver depart from tradition to make this rug?
- Also with Eduardo Pagán Hollywood Sign Is this a piece of the original Hollywood sign?
- Also with Eduardo Pagán Clara Barton Letter What does this letter reveal about America's early efforts to honor its war dead?
- Also in Season 10 Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece Does this piece of metal belong to the plane that crashed into the Empire State Building?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.