Famous Bassists in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 516

  • 1943-09-21 David Hood, American bassist and trombonist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Traffic), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1943-09-23 Steve Boone, American rock bassist and vocalist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe In Magic"), born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • 1943-09-27 Bob Curiano, rock bassist (Mink Deville)
  • 1943-09-28 Nick St Nicholas, rock bassist (Steppenwolf), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1943-10-16 Charles Frederick "C.F." Turner, Canadian rock bassist and songwriter (Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Let It Ride"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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 - "Stage Fright"), 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 Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland
  • 1944-02-10 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-03-15 David Costell, American rock bassist (Gary Lewis and The Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-03-31 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), born in Leicester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1944-04-06 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • 1944-04-13 Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna - "Hesitation Blues"; Jefferson Airplane -"Volunteers"; "White Rabbit"), 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 guitarist and bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1963-68), 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
  • 1945-01-26 Ashley Hutchings, British folk-rock bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and record producer (Fairport Convention; Steeleye Span), born in Southgate, London England
  • 1945-02-12 Joe Schermie, American bass player (Three 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
  • 1945-09-03 George Biondo, American rock bass player (Steppenwolf), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945-10-10 Alan Cartwright, English rock bass player (Procol Harum, 1972-77), born in London
  • 1945-11-11 Chris Dreja, British rock guitartist and bass player (Yardbirds), born in Surbiton, Surrey, England
  • 1945-11-26 John McVie, British rock bassist (John Mayall's Blues Breakers; Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Tusk), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Rainbow), born near Brecon, Wales
  • 1945-12-25 (David) Noel Redding, British rock bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), born in Folkstone, England (d. 2003)

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, American rock bass player and keyboardist (The Box Tops - "Cry Like A Baby"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946-03-08 Randy Meisner, American rock bassist and vocalist (Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band; Linda Ronstadt; Eagles, 1971-77- "Take It To The Limit"), born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • 1946-04-01 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, English rock bassist (Small Faces - "Hey Girl"), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-03 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1946-04-16 Pēteris Vasks, Latvian contemporary classical composer, and double bassist (Distant Light; The Fruit Of Silence), born in Aizpute, Latvia
  • 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
  • 1946-05-23 Danny Klein, American rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-06-06 [Anthony Frederick] Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1946-07-19 Alan Gorrie, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Average White Band), born in Perth, Scotland
  • 1946-07-23 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1946-07-30 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1946-08-03 John York [Foley], American rock bassist and guitarist, born in White Plains, New York.
  • 1946-08-09 Marinus "Rinus ' Gerritsen, Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 1946-09-09 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia (d. 2004)
  • 1946-09-14 Pete Agnew, Scottich rock bassist (Nazareth -"Love Hurts"), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • 1946-11-11 Len "Chip" Hawkes, British bassist (The Tremeloes), born in London
  • 1946-11-22 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1946-11-26 Bert Ruiter, Dutch bassist (Earth & Fire, Focus), born in Amsterdam
  • 1946-12-10 Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946-12-20 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • 1947-02-12 Guus Willemse, Dutch bassist/singer (Solution)
  • 1947-02-24 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-02-25 Doug Yule, American bassist and singer (Velvet Underground, 1968-73), born in Mineola, Long Island, New York
  • 1947-04-21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1947-04-22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • 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 Yardley, Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947-06-05 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1947-07-31 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You Have A Lovely Daughter"), born in Salford, England
  • 1947-08-01 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1947-08-05 Willie Weeks, American session and touring bass player (George Harrison; Vince Gill; Wynonna Judd; David Bowie; Eric Clapton), born in Salemburg, North Carolina
  • 1947-09-08 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive"), born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1947-10-01 Martin Turner, Martin Turner, British rock bassist, songwriter and singer (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in Torquay, Devon, England
  • 1947-10-04 Jim Fielder, American bassist, (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1947-10-06 Paul Martinez, British session bass player and songwriter (Cat Stevens; Robert Plant; Groove Holmes), born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England
  • 1947-10-08 Tony Wilson, Trinidadian rock songwriter, bassist, and vocalist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Trinidad
  • 1947-10-23 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 2003)
  • 1947-10-30 Timothy B. Schmit, American bass player and singer (Eagles - "I Can't Tell You Why"; Poco - "Cimmarron Rose"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947-11-02 Dave Pegg, British pop bassist (Jethro Tull-Crest of a Nave), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-11-10 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), born in Bournemouth (d. 2016)
  • 1947-12-06 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1947-12-28 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • 1948-01-27 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1948-02-19 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, 1968-74, 84, 89; Firefall, 1976-79; Heart, 1982-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-02-23 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England (d. 2020)
  • 1948-03-04 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), born in Kingsbury, London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1948-03-26 Richard Tandy, British rock bassist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948-04-04 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1948-04-10 Fred Smith, American rock bassist (Television -"Marquee Moon"; Blondie, 1974-75), born in New York
  • 1948-04-13 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), born in Toms River, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1948-05-27 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • 1948-07-27 Henny Vrienten, Dutch bassist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
  • 1948-08-13 Cliff Fish, English bassist (Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died), born in Ripley, Derbyshire
  • 1948-09-16 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-09-20 Chuck Panozzo, American rock bassist (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-11-02 Rich Gooch, American rock bassist (Quarterflash)
  • 1948-11-06 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1981)
  • 1948-11-09 Joe Bouchard, American guitarist and bassist, born in Watertown, New York
  • 1948-12-07 Mads Vinding, Danish jazz double-bassist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1948-12-17 James Alexander, American R&B bassist (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger"; "Shaft)
  • 1949-01-06 Chris Laurence, British classical, jazz and session double bassist, born in London

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 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, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • 2015-09-27 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies at 75
  • 2015-10-02 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • 2016-06-29 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), dies at 64
  • 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
  • 2017-02-04 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), dies at 67
  • 2017-03-03 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • 2017-04-09 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72
  • 2017-04-10 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63

Person of interestWalter Becker

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

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • 2017-09-19 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), dies at 76
  • 2018-01-20 Jim Rodford, English rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • 2018-02-09 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2018-03-16 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2018-12-14 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • 2019-10-05 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • 2020-06-04 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), dies at 72
  • 2020-09-04 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2020-10-19 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • 2021-01-13 Tim Bogert, American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge; Jeff Beck), dies at 76
  • 2021-02-17 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), dies after suffering a stroke at 57
  • 2021-04-02 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), dies at 71

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