Famous Bassists in History

Events in Music


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1954-07-05 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right (Mama)". [1]

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1966-10-13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1969-07-02 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • 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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  • 1750-03-23 Johannes Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, born in Feldsberg, Lower Austria (now Valtice, Czech Republic) (d. 1812)
  • 1763-04-07 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (now Italy) (d. 1846)
  • 1888-03-07 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1892-05-19 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1900-02-09 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1900-03-14 Ernest Hill, American jazz double-bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1900-05-27 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1903-01-18 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1908-12-31 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-13 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), born in New York City (d. 1998)
  • 1914-04-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914-11-29 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1915-10-13 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1918-04-11 Jimmy Lewis, American jazz double bassist and soul electric bassist, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1919-12-16 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk-pop vocalist (Small Yodel Boy), and double bassist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1920-08-25 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1921-03-19 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 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, American jazz double bassist (Cannonball Adderly), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1981)
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1926-04-18 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • 1927-01-30 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1928-05-05 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1928-05-12 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 2020)
  • 1928-06-04 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928-06-04 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1928-07-13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • 1928-07-13 Al Rex [Piccirilli], American rock upright bass player (Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1928-07-20 Peter Ind, British jazz double bassist, born in Middlesex, England
  • 1928-07-22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1930-01-10 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, born in Clevelnad, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1930-04-05 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, born in Ramallah, Palestine Territory (d. 2012)
  • 1930-04-15 Richard Davis, American jazz double 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
  • 1932-10-16 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1933-02-14 Bertram Turetzky, American classical, jazz, klezmer double bassist, composer, pedagogue, and author (The Contemporary Contrabass) born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1933-05-21 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), born in Chuckatuck, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1933-11-29 John Lamb, American jazz double bassist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 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. 1994)
  • 1935-04-22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1935-05-12 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), born in Burley, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, American jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936-03-02 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1936-03-25 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, American jazz bassist, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1936-04-03 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936-09-05 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1936-10-24 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, London
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-28 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), born in Mound, Louisana (d. 2018)
  • 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"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), 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, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), 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
  • 1939-05-22 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-10-18 William "Billy" Cox, American bass player (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1939-12-30 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-04-20 Tim Drummond, American session and touring bass player and songwriter (Ry Cooder; Neil Young; Graham Nash: J.J. Cale; Bob Dylan), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1940-06-23 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1962)
  • 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)
  • 1940-08-04 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), born in Bell, California (d. 2009) [1]
  • 1940-12-06 Jay Leonhart, American session and touring jazz and pop double bassist and songwriter (The Bass Lesson), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941-01-07 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1941-01-31 Jerry Scheff, American session and touring bassist (Elvis Presley, 1969 to 1977), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1941-05-09 Pete Birrell, British rock bassist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now") born in Wythenshawe, Cheshire, England
  • 1941-06-09 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017) [1]
  • 1941-07-07 Jim Rodford, British rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941-10-02 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels), born in Oakland, California
  • 1941-10-17 Alan Howard, British rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - "Do You Love Me?")
  • 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, American session bassist (Stax; Booker & The MG's; The Blues Brothers), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d, 2012)
  • 1942-02-06 John London, American songwriter & bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942-03-19 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942-07-24 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), born in Detmold, The Free State of Lippe (now Germany) (d. 2000)
  • 1942-08-05 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1942-09-08 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1972)
  • 1942-09-15 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 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
  • 1943-01-03 HK Gruber, Austrian double bassist, conductor, and composer (Frankenstein!!), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1943-01-09 Dick Yount, American rock bassist and singer (Harpers Bizarre - "Feelin' Groovy") (d. 2019)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1947-12-10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21); divorce 1953

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1967-06-23 British bassist John Entwistle (22) of rock group Who weds Alison Wise
  • 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

  • 1989-06-02 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (52) weds Mandy Smith (18); divorced in 1993
  • 1993-04-21 Rolling Stone's bassist Bill Wyman (56) weds American actress Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria

LoveWedding of Interest

1994-05-21 American country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds American roots-rock bassist Robert Reynolds (32); divorce in 1999

Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood
  • 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

  • 1812-05-13 Johann Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1846-04-16 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83
  • 1943-06-08 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), dies of meningitis at 40
  • 1952-06-14 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), dies at 43
  • 1957-12-20 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • 1957-12-21 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love") (d. 2020)
  • 1961-07-06 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25
  • 1962-04-10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1964-09-16 Ernest Hill, American jazz double-bassist, dies at 64
  • 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 (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1969-01-19 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • 1969-10-29 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 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
  • 1979-04-23 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1980-04-28 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981-04-28 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), dies in a car crash in Portugal at 33
  • 1981-07-01 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at in a car accident at 32

Person of interestPete Farndon

1983-04-14 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), drowns in his bathtub after a drug overdose at 30

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • 1983-04-17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • 1986-04-17 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 1986-09-27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1988-02-06 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 1988-05-20 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1990-01-23 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1990-08-14 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • 1991-02-12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1992-01-15 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • 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
  • 1993-02-18 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), dies of heart defect at 24
  • 1993-10-02 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), dies at 66
  • 1994-01-27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-06-16 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), dies of heroin overdose at 27
  • 1994-07-09 Cornelius Boyson, American blues 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
  • 1995-08-25 Doug Stegmeyer, American rock bassist (Billy Joel Band, 1976-87), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 43
  • 1995-09-12 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1995-10-31 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), dies at 67
  • 1996-01-26 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1996-04-19 Bernard Edwards, American funk and disco bass player (Chic - "Le Freak"; "Good Times"), dies of pneumonia 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 punk rock bassist (Pennywise) dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28
  • 1997-04-29 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50
  • 1997-06-04 Ronnie Lane, British bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1998-12-02 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), dies at 84
  • 1999-08-03 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1999-08-20 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 1999-12-10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • 2000-04-07 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), dies from complications of a stroke at 57 [1]
  • 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)
  • 2000-10-04 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive") dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • 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
  • 2001-10-05 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo) dies of leukemia at 41
  • 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 - "Purple Haze"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 57
  • 2003-08-18 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), dies at 63
  • 2003-11-19 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • 2004-03-10 Dave Blood [Schulthise], American rock bassist (The Dead Milkmen -"Punk Rock Girl"), dies from a drug overdose at 47
  • 2004-05-15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2004-06-24 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, dies at 78
  • 2004-10-01 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 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 - "Runaway Train"), dies of complications from esophageal cancer at 41
  • 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
  • 2006-05-22 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • 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)
  • 2007-10-20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2008-01-17 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2008-03-10 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • 2008-11-27 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • 2009-01-24 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • 2009-05-15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and smooth jazz bassist, dies from the effects of cancer at 44
  • 2009-06-07 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • 2009-08-20 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), dies of heart attack at 69
  • 2010-02-28 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2010-04-14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2010-05-24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 2010-06-06 Marvin Isley, American rock bassist, and songwriter (The Isley Brothers - "Fight The Power"), dies from complications of diabetes at 56)
  • 2010-07-19 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2010-11-03 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), dies of lung cancer at 61

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