Hamilton Frederick Bohannon, aka Bohannon, was born in March 1942 and spent most of his life creating music, influential music that is still widely sampled today by many DJ’s and hip hop artists alike.
The multi-skilled artist was a percussionist, band leader, songwriter and record producer and was to become one of the leading figures in 1970’s funk and disco music.
Beginning his career as a school teacher, Bohannon was recruited in 1964 as a drummer in Stevie Wonder’s touring band before moving to detroit in 1967 where he began working for Motown as the leader and arranger of Bohannon & The Motown Sound, providing the backing for many of the label’s top acts on tour including, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Four Tops to name a few.
When Motown relocated to Los Angeles in early 1970s, he stayed in Detroit, formed his own band and released 21 albums between 1973 and 1990 and (I have just read), was still performing behind a drum kit at the age of 72!…I’m loving that fact!
Taken from his 1973 LP, ‘Stop & Go’ comes today’s great funk-filled tune, ‘Singing A Song For My Mother.’ Listen above.