Artists

Randy Jacobs


Band: Was Not Was, Bone Shakers
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Born in San Francisco and raised in the "Motor City" Detroit, Jacobs career began at the age of 13. His first professional gigs were working with some of Motown's leading writers, producers and artists, such as songwriter Sylvia Moy ("Mi Cherie Amour"), singer/songwriter Barrett Strong ("Money"), and producer Don Davis (Johnny Taylor, The Dramatics, Robin Trower) all the while developing his no plectrum style as he continued to gain experience as a player. It was while working with former Miles Davis bassist/singer Michael Henderson fresh out of high school, that Jacobs showed he had a gift for songwriting when he co-authored the Top-Five R&B hit, "Wide Receiver." After a number of years working in the Motown scene Jacobs became one of the core members of Was (Not Was), an eclectic pop band that developed a strong following in the U.S. and abroad during the 1980s. While with the band, Jacobs co-authored the Top -Ten hit "Walk the Dinosaur." After they disbanded he became a member of Soul Mission (a gospel R&B project featuring Tata Vega, Mavis Staples, Booker T Jones and Steve Cropper), with one release for Sony/Epic Records. In 1994 he formed his own outfit The Boneshakers finally projecting his vision of funk, blues, R&B, rock and soul into the universe. He released two CDs, "Book of Spells" which included his rocking arrangement of James Brown's "Cold Sweat" and "Shake the Planet" both featuring his longtime Was (Not Was) band mate Sweetpea Atkinson on vocals for Pointblank/Virgin Records

Randy Jacobs