The more I read about this guy, the more I wish I could have met him. How could a man, who has(and is still) having such a impact on bass players world wide, not get the recognition he deserved during his time? James was part of the "Motown Sound" or aka "the funk brothers" James died in 1984, I believe he was about 45 years old, too much talent, too little time, NO RECOGNITION questions, 1:why did it take aprx 30 years for him to get the credit do him? 2:how could a bass player with his talents, find it hard to find work after leaving Detroit to go to LA? 3:what led to his drinking problems? 4:did the above three questions have a BIG negative effect on his life? its a shame that people get their flowers AFTER they're dead instead of while they are alive!