Jim Fielder (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

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By Thomas Semioli

“Jim Fielder is one of the pioneers of the Fender Bass. His lines were as important and recognizable to listeners as the melodies and words.” Ron McClure

As a founding member of Blood Sweat & Tears, Jim Fielder’s bass playing captivated millions by way of the band’s extraordinary run of hits and classic albums, including the monumental Child Is Father to the Man (1968), and BS&T (1969) both of which were a groundbreaking meld of rock, jazz, rhythm & blues, and pop music.

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The towering Texan also contributed to landmark albums by Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (Absolutely Free), Buffalo Springfield (Again), George Benson (Tell It Like It Is), Tim Buckley (s/t, Goodbye and Hello), Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Al Kooper among others.

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Jim on stage with Buffalo Springfield

Dig Jim with Gene Clark “Kansas City Southern” https://youtu.be/pmk_P5C2uQI

Dig Jim with Buffalo Springfield “Everydays” https://youtu.be/Q5uqYTCOSsM

Dig Jim with Tim Buckley “Wings” https://youtu.be/GY35hx7Vemo

 

Dig Jim with George Benson “My Woman’s Good to Me” https://youtu.be/vvcnsvOWsjk

 

Profoundly inspired by James Jamerson, Fielder likely helped Fender sell many a Precision bass in the late 1960s as his warm gritty tone, and soulful improvisations within Blood, Sweat & Tears’ amazing repertoire were a constant presence on AM/FM radio.

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Dig Jim on “Blues Pt. 2: https://youtu.be/O1ZRcI3g9vs

Dig Jim on “Somethin’ Going On” https://youtu.be/fbzDl8DvSbQ

Dig Jim on “Down in the Flood” https://youtu.be/M2zxGPHJyvk

Dig Jim on “Smiling Phases” https://youtu.be/6ltXpCYDXKg

Following his time in BS&T, Fielder became Neil Sedaka’s musical director/bassist for several years.

Dig Jim’s Goldmine interview with Joe Gagliardo from 2010: https://bit.ly/2yMIivf