Jim Fielder (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Courtesy of Jim Fielder FB

“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.

 

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.

 

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

 

For additional insight on Jim’s career, check out KYBP Chicago Bureau Chief Joe Gagliardo’s Goldmine interview – published in 2010. https://bit.ly/2yMIivf

 

Jim on stage with Buffalo Springfield – Courtesy Buffalo Springfield Com

 

Jim Fielder Sound & Vision….

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Blood, Sweat & Tears

 

“Blues Pt. 2: https://youtu.be/O1ZRcI3g9vs

 

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

 

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

 

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