Famous Bassists in History

Events in Music

  • 1973-01-14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-09-29 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1914-04-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1920-08-25 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1921-11-13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1922-04-22 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1979)
  • 1923-05-29 "The Senator" Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 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
  • 1928-05-05 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1928-06-04 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist
  • 1928-07-22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1930-04-15 Richard Davis, American jazz bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1933-02-14 Bertram Jay Turetzky, US contrabassist, composer and educator, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1934-12-05 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1935-03-24 Carol Kaye, American session bassist (Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1935-04-22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, US jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited Soulful Strut), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936-03-25 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist
  • 1936-09-05 Cornelius Boyson, American bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, American bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-28 Joe Osborn, American bass player (Bridge over Troubled Water), born in Mound, Louisana
  • 1937-11-26 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-05-19 [Brian Keith] Herbie Flowers, English bassist and session musician (Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, T-Rex), born in Isleworth, England
  • 1938-08-24 David Freiberg, American 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], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-10-20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939-10-22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-06-25 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1940-07-16 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), born in Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1941-01-07 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941-05-09 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1941-07-07 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock vocalist and bassist (The Kinks, Argent, Zombies), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire (d. 2018)
  • 1941-10-02 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • 1941-10-17 Alan Howard, rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1941-10-28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-11-20 Gary Karr, American 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, American songwriter & bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942-03-19 Jeff Neighbour, US bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942-07-24 Heinz Burt, Hargin Germany, rock bassist (Tornados)
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1972)
  • 1942-09-15 Lee Dorman, American bassist (Iron Butterfly), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1942-09-16 Bernie Calvert, English rock bassist (Hollies), born in Brierfield, England
  • 1942-12-04 Bob Mosley, American rock bassist (Moby Grape), born in Paradise Valley, California
  • 1943-02-03 Eric Haydock, bassist (Hollies-He Aint Heavy He's My Brother)
  • 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, English bassist (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool. England
  • 1943-05-14 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream-White Room), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1943-06-15 [Mervyn] Muff Winwood, English songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin"), born in Erdington, Birmingham

Person of interestRoger Waters

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

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1943-09-21 David Hood, American bassist and trombonist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Traffic), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 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, rock bassist (Steppenwolf), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1943-10-16 C Fred Turner, rock bassist/vocalist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • 1943-11-30 Leo Lyons, Standbridge Beds, rock bassist (Ten Years After)
  • 1943-12-23 Derek Small, British heavy metal bassist (Spinal Tap), born in Nilford-on-Null, West Midlands
  • 1943-12-29 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1943-12-31 Pete Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, England (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, American 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
  • 1944-07-04 Harvey Brooks [Goldstein], American bassist, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1944-11-19 Charlie Coe, American rock bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1944-11-26 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)
  • 1944-11-30 Rob Grill, rock bassist/vocalist (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-02-12 Joe Schermie, US bass player (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • 1945-03-28 Chuck Portz, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1945-04-25 Stu Cook, American rock bassist (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary), born in Oakland, California
  • 1945-06-23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1945-06-28 Dave Knights, British rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • 1945-07-07 Matti Salminen, Turku Finland, bass player (King Philipp-Don Carlos)
  • 1945-07-11 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad"), born in Baarn, Netherlands
  • 1945-07-20 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter(The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945-08-29 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • 1945-11-26 John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six-Deep Purple)

Person of interestJohn Paul Jones

1946-01-03 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
  • 1946-01-10 Bob Lang, English bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders), born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 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, English rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-03 Dee Murray [David Murray Oates], English bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1946-05-01 Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-05-10 Graham Gouldman, English bassist and singer-songwriter (10cc), born in Manchester, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1947-12-10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)

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

LoveWedding 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 (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California

LoveWedding 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

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1953-08-28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • 2011-11-22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1846-04-16 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83
  • 1962-04-10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the 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
  • 1969-01-04 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist, dies at 33
  • 1972-08-02 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972-11-11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • 1975-12-08 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1979-01-05 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), dies at 56

Person of interestSid Vicious

1979-02-02 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1981-07-01 Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)

Person of interestPete Farndon

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
  • 1988-02-06 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 1991-02-12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1992-01-15 Dee Murray [David Murray Oates], English bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • 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, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-09 Cornelius Boyson, American bassist, dies at 57
  • 1994-08-12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1994-08-31 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 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, American bassist (Guitar Slim), dies at 67
  • 1996-04-19 Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • 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 - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • 2000-08-26 [Douglas] Allen Woody, American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), dies at 44
  • 2000-10-03 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2000-11-30 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), drowns in a sailing accident at 45
  • 2000-12-19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2001-01-20 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • 2001-10-24 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2002-01-02 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • 2002-06-05 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • 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), dies at 57
  • 2003-08-18 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), dies at 63
  • 2004-03-10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • 2004-05-15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2005-04-19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005-04-28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2005-06-17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum), dies at 42
  • 2005-08-06 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2005-08-29 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills), believed to have drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • 2006-10-14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • 2007-07-29 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2007-09-18 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • 2009-01-24 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • 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 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2011-03-18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2011-08-07 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), dies at 83
  • 2012-05-13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70
  • 2012-07-16 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), dies of brain cancer at 74
  • 2013-01-02 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 71
  • 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 [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014-07-11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 2014-08-28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • 2014-10-25 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream-White Room), dies at 71
  • 2014-11-19 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 64
  • 2015-03-15 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2015-05-05 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2015-05-21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • 2015-06-27 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015-09-27 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies at 75
  • 2016-12-07 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-01-31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017-04-09 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72

Person of interestWalter Becker

2017-09-03 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • 2018-01-20 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock vocalist and bassist (The Kinks, Argent, Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • 2020-06-04 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), dies at 72