To: The South Carolina State House, The South Carolina State Senate, and Governor Henry McMaster

James Jamerson SC Hall of Fame Petition

James Jamerson Sr. was the Key Architect of the Motown sound as he was house bassist for the label from 1959-1972. James has already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville but he has not been honored in his home state of South Carolina. This perition is to have James Jamerson inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Why is this important?

My Petition is targeted at the SC Hall of Fame, since I relocated back to South Carolina back in 1998, My wife and I discovered that SC had a hall of Fame, when we went there (Myrtle Beach) we discovered that as far as musician, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was in the Hall of Fame, but not James Jamerson Sr. Mr. Jamerson has been a finalist for so many years but never inducted, Back in March 5, 2009 the SC House of Representatives passed a Resolution asking that Mr. Jamerson be inducted but yet nothing happened.
Also In 1989 the book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown-The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson" was released. In 1999, he was awarded the Hollywood Rock Walk Award. Then in 2000 James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2002 the documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" was released and it garnered Jamerson and the Funk Brothers two Grammy Awards along with the Grammy’s Life Time Achievement Award. In 2003 he was honored during a two-day festival given by the Avery Research Institute and the College of Charleston in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. During that event, the Mayor of Charleston presented the family with a Proclamation from the City of Charleston.

In 2007 Jamerson and the rest of the Funk Brothers were inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2008 he was awarded the Gullah/GeeChee Nation’s Anointed Spirit Award. On March 5, 2009, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a Resolution asking for the induction of James Jamerson into the South Carolina Hall of Fame. On August 7th,2009 James Jamerson was inducted into "The Fender's Music Hall Of Fame". In 2011 James Jamerson was awarded BassPlayer Magazine Lifetime Acheivement Award. In 2012 Mr. James Jamerson Sr. was awarded the "Samson's 2012 International Bassist Award"

This will be the 2nd Online Petition for Mr. James Jamerson Sr. induction into the SC Hall of Fame, You can find the 1st Petition at: