Today in Bassist History

Historical Events

  • 1977-07-04 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • 1980-08-26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (d. 2000)
  • 1912-06-12 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
  • 1914-04-30 Sid Weiss, jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1921-11-13 Eddie Calhoun, jazz bassist
  • 1922-04-22 Charles Mingus, Arizona, jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus)
  • 1923-12-05 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1924-11-12 Sam Jones, jazz bassist (d. 1981)
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, Sumter NC, rock bassist/vocalist (Drifters)
  • 1926-07-28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • 1926-09-17 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926-10-13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928-07-04 Lloyd Lambert, bassist
  • 1928-07-13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist
  • 1928-07-22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, MS, rock bassist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, bassist
  • 1935-04-22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (d. 1969)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, US bassist (Young Holt Unlimited-Hang on Sloopy)
  • 1936-03-25 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist
  • 1936-09-05 Cornelius Boyson, bassist
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach)
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938-12-18 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris, [Terence Harris], rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England
  • 1939-10-20 Jay Siegel, Bkln, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • 1939-10-22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], California, rock bassist (Grass Roots, Grateful Dead)
  • 1940-06-25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • 1940-07-16 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941-05-09 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1941-09-09 Otis Redding, Dawson Ga, rock bassist (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay)
  • 1941-10-17 Alan Howard, rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1941-11-20 Gary Karr, double-bassist (Oslo Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-11-24 Donald "Duck" Dunn, TN, bassist (Booker T-Mar-Keys, Walkin' the Dog), (d, 2012)
  • 1942-02-06 John London, bassist (Michael Nesmith band)
  • 1942-03-19 Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942-04-29 Klaus Voorman, rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • 1942-07-24 Heinz Burt, Hargin Germany, rock bassist (Tornados)
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, rock vocalist/bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1942-09-15 Lee Dorman, American bassist (Iron Butterfly), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1942-09-16 Bernie Calvert, rock bassist (Hollies)
  • 1942-12-04 Bob Mosley, Paradise Valley CA, rock bassist (Moby Grape)
  • 1943-02-03 Eric Haydock, bassist (Hollies-He Aint Heavy He's My Brother)
  • 1943-03-07 Chris White, rock bassist (Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in New York, NY (d. 2015)
  • 1943-03-14 Jim Pons, bassist (Turtles, Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943-05-08 Paul Samwell-Smith, Richmond, Surrey, English bassist (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
  • 1943-05-11 Les Chadwick, bassist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Crossed the Mersy)
  • 1943-05-14 Jack Bruce, Lanarkshire Scotland, bassist (Cream-White Room)

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1943-09-06 George Roger Waters, Cambridge England, rock bassist and vocalist (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)

Rock Bassist/Vocalist George Roger Waters
Rock Bassist/Vocalist
George Roger Waters
  • 1943-09-27 Bob Curiano, rock bassist (Mink Deville)
  • 1943-09-27 Steve Boone, NC, rock vocalist/bassist (Lovin' Spoonful)
  • 1943-09-28 Nick St Nicholas, Hamburg Germany, rock bassist (Steppenwolf)
  • 1943-10-16 C Fred Turner, rock bassist/vocalist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1943-11-30 Leo Lyons, Standbridge Beds, rock bassist (Ten Years After)
  • 1943-12-31 Peter Quaife, English rock bassist (the Kinks - Long Tall Sally), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)
  • 1944-01-28 Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • 1944-03-31 Rod Allen, [B Rodney Bainbridge] rock bassist/vocalist (Fortunes)
  • 1944-04-13 Jack Casady, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944-08-14 Tim Bogert, Richfiled NJ, rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge) [or 8/27]
  • 1944-11-19 Charlie Coe, rock bassist (Paul Revers & The Raiders)
  • 1944-11-26 Alan Henderson, Belfast, rock bassist (Them)
  • 1944-11-30 Rob Grill, rock bassist/vocalist (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-02-12 Joe Schermie, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1945-02-21 Paul Newton, rock bassist
  • 1945-03-28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-04-25 Stu Cook, rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)
  • 1945-06-23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1945-06-28 Dave Knights, rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • 1945-07-07 James Rodford, English rock vocalist/bassist (Kinks-Mr Pleasant)
  • 1945-07-11 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques)
  • 1945-07-20 John Lodge, bassist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-08-29 Chris Copping, Essex England, rock bassist (Procol Harum)
  • 1945-11-01 Rick Grech, Bordeaux France, rock bassist (Blind Faith, Traffic)
  • 1945-11-26 John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six-Deep Purple)

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1946-01-03 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], rock bassist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven)

Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
  • 1946-01-10 Bob Lang, rock bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)
  • 1946-01-27 Kim Gardner, England, rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke)
  • 1946-01-28 Rick Allen, Ark, rock bassist (Box Tops-Letter)
  • 1946-03-08 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1946-04-01 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1946-05-01 Nick Fortune, [Nicholas Fortuna], rock bassist (Buckinghams Chicago)
  • 1946-05-10 Graham Gouldman, bassist (10cc-No Milk Today), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946-05-13 Danny Klein, rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-07-19 Alan Gorrie, Scotland, rock bassist/singer (Average White Band)
  • 1946-07-30 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, rock bassist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1946-08-09 Rinus Gerritsen [Marinus], Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring)
  • 1946-11-22 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1946-11-26 Bert Bouquet, bassist (Earth & Fire, Focus)
  • 1947-02-12 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1947-02-13 Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland)
  • 1947-02-24 Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • 1947-04-21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1947-04-23 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • 1947-05-13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1947-06-05 Tom Evans, rock bassist/vocalist (Badfinger), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947-07-31 Karl Greene, Manchester, rock bassist, (Herman's Hermits)

Famous Weddings

  • 1973-09-17 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-11-21 Singer Joni Mitchell (39) weds bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California

  • 2005-06-25 British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria
  • 2006-05-16 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • 2008-05-17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-03-14 Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt (36) weds Brittney Cade at a private ceremony in Ojai, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 2011-09-30 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas
  • 2011-10-01 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2012-09-29 "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee

Famous Divorces

  • 2007-06-27 Former Playboy playmate and Baywatch actress Donna D'Errico (38) divorces Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 years of marriage
  • 2011-02-08 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half years of marriage
  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1962-04-10 Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1965-10-21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972-11-11 Berry Oakley, US rock bassist (Allman Bro), dies in car crash at 24
  • 1975-12-08 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1979-01-05 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56

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1979-02-02 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980-05-30 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment

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1983-04-14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1990-11-05 Bobby Nunn, US bassist (Coasters-Down in Mexico), dies at about 65
  • 1992-01-15 Dee Murray, English bassist (b. 1946)
  • 1992-03-08 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1992-04-19 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992-11-08 Keith "Red" Mitchell, US/Swedish jazz bassist, dies
  • 1994-01-27 Eddie Calhoun, jazz Bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-09 Cornelius Boyson, bassist, dies at 57
  • 1994-08-12 Gene Cherico, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1994-08-31 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 1995-02-18 Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist, dies at 82
  • 1995-07-12 Ernie Furtado, bassist, dies at 72
  • 1995-09-12 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1995-10-31 Lloyd Lambert, bassist, dies at 67
  • 1996-05-30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • 1996-07-17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 1996-07-29 Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967)
  • 1997-06-04 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1999-12-10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)
  • 2000-10-03 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2000-12-19 Milt Hinton, American jazz double bassist (b. 1910)
  • 2002-06-05 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)
  • 2002-07-02 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2003-02-04 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2003-05-11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)
  • 2004-03-10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • 2005-04-19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005-04-28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • 2005-06-17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
  • 2005-08-06 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2006-10-14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • 2007-09-18 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • 2009-08-20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • 2010-05-24 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • 2010-11-03 Jim Clench, Canadian bassist (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (b. 1949)
  • 2012-05-13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70
  • 2013-04-13 Chi Cheng, American Bassist (Deftones), dies at 42
  • 2013-05-25 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 2014-07-11 Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-08-28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2014-12-02 Chris White, American rock bassist, dies at 78
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-06-27 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67