Famous Bass Guitarists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1936-01-29 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 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
  • 1945-11-03 Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple, Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England
  • 1947-02-10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 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, bass guitarist
  • 1948-12-03 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist
  • 1950-01-23 Bill Cunningham, American original 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
  • 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 bass guitarist, 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
  • 1955-04-07 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1957-04-10 Steve Gustafson, American bass guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), 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 musician (bass guitarist and lead singer of American thrash metal band Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 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 and vocalist (Staind), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • 1970-10-05 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (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, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
  • 1995-07-03 Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 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
  • 2012-04-23 John Christopher "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, dies from cancer at 62
  • 2015-03-16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62