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Michael Henderson
American musician

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson
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Intro American musician
Was Musician Bassist Singer Record producer Bass-guitarist
From United States of America
Field Business Music
Gender male
Birth 1951, Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Death 19 July 2022, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA; Dallas, Paulding County, Georgia, USA (aged 71 years)
Rhythm and blues
Jazz fusion
Soul music
Pop music
Bass guitar
Electric bass guitar
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Michael Earl Henderson (July 7, 1951 – July 19, 2022) was an American bass guitarist and vocalist. He was known for his work with Miles Davis in the early 1970s and on early fusion albums such as Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, and Agharta, along with a series of his own R&B/soul hits and others featuring him on vocals, particularly the Norman Connors-produced hit "You Are My Starship" in 1976 and other songs in the mid to late-1970s.

Early life

Michael Earl Henderson was born on July 7, 1951, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. In the early 1960s he moved to Detroit, playing as a session musician.


Henderson was one of the first notable bass guitarists of the fusion era as well as being one of the most influential jazz and soul musicians of the past 40 years. In addition to Davis, he played and recorded with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, among many others.

Before working with Davis, Henderson had been touring with Stevie Wonder, whom he met at the Regal Theater in Chicago while warming up for a gig. Davis saw the young Henderson performing at the Copacabana in New York City in early 1970 and reportedly said to Wonder simply "I'm taking your fucking bassist." After almost seven years with Davis, Henderson focused on songwriting and singing in a solo career that produced many hit songs and albums for Buddah Records until his retirement in 1986. Although known primarily for ballads, he was an influential funk player whose riffs and songs have been widely covered. He is also known for his ballad vocalizing on several Norman Connors hit recordings, including "You Are My Starship" and "Valentine Love", performed with Jean Carn.

Personal life and death

At the time of his death, Henderson was in a relationship with DaMia Satterfield, and separated from his wife, Adelia Thompson. He had three children, and lived in the Atlanta suburb of Dallas, Georgia, where he died from cancer on July 19, 2022, aged 71.

Solo discography

Michael Henderson
Singing at Sunset Junction Festival in Los Angeles, 2008

Studio albums

Year Album Label Peak chart positions

1976 Solid Buddah Records 173 10 20
1977 Goin' Places 49 18 11
1978 In the Night Time 38 5 6
1979 Do It All 64 17
1980 Wide Receiver 35 6
1981 Slingshot 86 14 27
1983 Fickle 169 41
1986 Bedtime Stories EMI America 30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Single Peak chart positions

1976 "Time"
"Be My Girl" 23 101
1977 "Won't You Be Mine" 82
"I Can't Help It" 27 103
"You Haven't Made It to the Top" 80
1978 "Take Me I'm Yours" 3 88
"In the Night-Time" 15
1979 "To Be Loved" 62
"Do It All" 56
1980 "Reach Out for Me" 78
"Prove It" 27
"Wide Receiver" 42 4
"You're My Choice"
1981 "Make It Easy on Yourself" 68
"(We Are Here to) Geek You Up" 51
1983 "Thin Walls"
"Fickle" 33
1986 "Tin Soldier" 86
"Do It to Me Good (Tonight)" 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


With Miles Davis

  • A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971)
  • Live-Evil (1971)
  • On the Corner (1972)
  • In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (1973)
  • Big Fun (1974)
  • Get Up with It (1974)
  • Agharta (1976)
  • Pangaea (1975)
  • Dark Magus (1977)
  • The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (Columbia Legacy, 2003)
  • The Cellar Door Sessions (2005, recorded 1970)
  • The Complete On the Corner Sessions (Columbia Legacy, 2007)
  • Miles Davis at Newport 1955–1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy, 2015)

With Stevie Wonder

  • Live at the Talk of the Town (1970)

With The Dramatics

  • Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (1971)
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