Famous American Bassists

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 1 Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

 2 Thundercat

Thundercat
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 3 Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 4 Tina Weymouth

Tina Weymouth
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coronado, California, United States

Tina Weymouth is an American singer, author, songwriter, and musician. She is credited with founding the now-defunct new wave group Talking Heads, for which she also served as the bassist. She is also credited with co-founding Tom Tom Club, a side project of Talking Heads. In 2002, Tina Weymouth was made a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

 5 Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 2012

Rapper and bass guitarist Adam Yauch, better known by his pseudonym, “MCA,” was a founding member of the hip-hop and rap rock Beastie Boys. He also owned a film distributing company and was a practicing Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement. He died of parotid cancer.

 6 Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo
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Famous As: Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 7 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.
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 8 Peter Tork

Peter Tork
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 9 Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: October 4, 2000

 10 Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ridgecrest, California
Mark Hoppus is best known as the co-lead vocalist and bassist of the rock band Blink-182. He was also part of the music duo Simple Creatures, along with Alex Gaskarth. He had a music talk show, hosted a podcast, and launched a clothing line. He also co-owned two businesses. 

 11 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

 12 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 13 Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 14 Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 15 Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 16 Taylor Goldsmith

Taylor Goldsmith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Folk rock singer Taylor Goldsmith is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Dawes. He has previously been part of the band Simon Dawes. He is married to singer Mandy Moore and has written quite a few songs for her album Silver Landings.

 17 Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5, 1979
Jazz double bassist and pianist Charles Mingus is remembered for his stints with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock, and was named to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. His scores and recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress.

 18 Tom Araya

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Famous As: Vocalist and Bassist of American thrash metal band Slayer
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: ViƱa del Mar, Chile

 19 Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 20 Tony Levin

Tony Levin
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Famous As: Bassist, Blogger, Jazz musician
Birthdate: June 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 21 Carol Kaye

Carol Kaye
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Everett, Washington, USA

 22 Brandon Charles Boyd

Brandon Charles Boyd
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

 23 Wes Borland

Wes Borland
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Wes Borland is a rock musician best known for his association with the popular rock band, Limp Bizkit. Borland is also credited with co-founding an experimental metal band named Big Dumb Face. Known for his elaborate visual appearance, Borland often wears a mask while performing. He was named in the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list by the magazine Total Guitar.

 24 David Gates

David Gates
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 25 Bruce Johnston

Bruce Johnston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 26 James Jamerson

James Jamerson
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Famous As: Bass player
Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 2, 1983

 27 Jason Everman

Jason Everman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ouzinkie, Alaska, United States

 28 Phil Lesh

Phil Lesh
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 29 John Corabi

John Corabi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 30 Lori Black

Lori Black
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 31 Evan Seinfeld

Evan Seinfeld
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

 32 Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Iowa Shenandoah, Iowa, U.S.
Died: July 11, 2014

 33 Davey Havok

Davey Havok
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 34 Shavo Odadjian

Shavo Odadjian
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Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yerevan

 35 Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

 36 Mike Watt

Mike Watt
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States U.S.

 37 DJ Quik

DJ Quik
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Compton, California, USA

 38 Ron Carter

Ron Carter
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.

 39 Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 40 Bill Black

Bill Black
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 21, 1965

 41 Jon B.

Jon B.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

 42 Link Wray

Link Wray
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunn, North Carolina, United States
Died: November 5, 2005

 43 Reginald Arvizu

Reginald Arvizu
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, US

 44 Jeff Ament

Jeff Ament
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havre, Montana, USA

 45 John Rich

John Rich
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

 46 Mike Porcaro

Mike Porcaro
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Windsor, Connecticut, USA
Died: March 15, 2015

Mike Porcaro was an American bass player best remembered for his association with the popular rock band Toto. Porcaro's career was cut short by motor neuron disease as he was forced to retire from touring, in 2007. He died at the age of 59 from complications that stemmed up from motor neuron disease.

 47 Fat Mike

Fat Mike
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

 48 Richard Hell

Richard Hell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

 49 Kristen Pfaff

Kristen Pfaff
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: May 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: June 16, 1994

 50 Cuco

Cuco
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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: June 26, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hawthorne, California, United States