Grew up listening to the Motown music. Love the vibes and grooves! Apart from the popular groups like The Temptations, The Spinners, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5 etc etc. There was this particular band, The Rare Earth, in which I listened to almost everyday after school. I think my grooves were developed from then onwards.
Another great song writer in those days who I listened to a lot was the one and only, Mr. Burt Bacharach. He's the best!
Big band music have always been one of my favourites too. Always love the brass section arrangements.
My encounter with the Rock music was short lived. Only last for about a year or so. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin were the few that come to my mind.
In the early 70s, it was the beginning of the singer/song-writer era. My first instrument was an acoustic guitar and that was how I learned to play music.
Around mid 70s, I began taking a big interest in Jazz music. Being a bass player myself, Mr Jaco Pastorius was like the god to me (just like any other bass players I guess). Weather Report and the later Jaco Pastorius and the Words of Mouth Big Band were my all time favourites. I also listen to the Jazz greatest like Mile Davis, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock etc etc. Too many to mention really but you catch my drift, I LOVE JAZZ!