Famous Bass Guitarists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1933-12-29 "Prez" Kenneth [Kidd], American blues singer and bass guitarist ("Devil Dealing"), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1936-01-29 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1938-06-15 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1942-06-18 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1943-01-08 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist & singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1943-06-05 Michael Davis, American bass guitarist, and songwriter (MC5 -"Kick Out The Jams"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1945-04-29 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2009)
  • 1945-11-03 Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple, Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England
  • 1946-10-21 Tetsu Yamauchi, Japanese rock bass guitarist (Free; The Faces), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1946-12-09 Bill Church, American rock bass guitarist (Van Morrison; Sammy Hagar)
  • 1947-02-10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1947-05-28 Leland Sklar, American bass guitarist and session musician (James Taylor; Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947-11-11 Brad Lee Sexton, American bass guitarist (Little Charlie and the Night Cats), born in North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1947-12-05 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1950-01-23 Bill Cunningham, American rock bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-11-18 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-12-29 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, born in Daytona, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951-04-16 John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1951-12-01 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report; Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1952-04-14 Kenny Aaronson, American session and touring bass guitarist (Joan Jett; Bob Dylan; Rick Derringer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953-02-14 Carmine Rojas, American composer, musical director and bass guitarist (David Bowie, Joe Bonamassa), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1953-07-18 Neil Stubenhaus, American session and touring bass guitarist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut [1]
  • 1955-04-07 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1955-12-08 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1957-04-10 Steve Gustafson, American bass guitarist (10,000 Maniacs - "Trouble Me"; "These Are Days"), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1957-07-02 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1961-06-06 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1961-11-29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1962-02-10 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • 1964-09-11 Victor Wooten, American bass guitarist, born in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • 1965-03-27 Johnny April, American bass guitarist (Staind - "It's Been A While"), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • 1968-11-14 Brian Yale, American bass guitarist (Matchbox Twenty), born in Carmel, California
  • 1970-10-05 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), born in Lousiana (d. 1997)
  • 1974-06-25 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira), born in Strongsville, Ohio
  • 1979-04-27 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1984-10-19 Thundercat [Stephen Bruner], American bass guitarist (Flying Lotus), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music

  • 2008-12-06 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Deaths in Music

  • 1980-05-30 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), dies of a kidney infection at 37
  • 1983-08-02 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • 1983-11-19 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1987-09-21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1994-06-16 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), dies of heroin overdose at 27
  • 1995-07-03 Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 1997-01-23 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), killed by a drunk driver at 26
  • 2003-02-23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies from an overdose at 47
  • 2009-02-19 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • 2010-06-23 Pete Quaife, English bass guitarist (The Kinks), dies at 66
  • 2012-02-17 Michael Davis, American bass guitarist, and songwriter (MC5 -"Kick Out The Jams"), dies of liver failure at 68
  • 2012-04-23 Chris Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band; The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2014-05-11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist (Foreigner, 1976-79 - "Feels Like The First Time"), dies from cancer at 62
  • 2015-03-16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • 2016-02-29 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 77
  • 2017-11-27 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, dies at 66

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