Bassists

If you’re a fan of rock music then you’d probably be aware of the significant role bassists play in the band! Bass instruments are important in the production of rock music and only talented bassists can do full justice to the genre! Victor Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, is considered one of the greatest bassists of all time. With his intricate jazz melodies and complex R&B music, he revolutionized the musical scene in the 1980s. Jack Bruce is another gifted bassist who played with John Mayall's Blues Breakers and experimented with various sounds in jazz, rock, and R&B music. Another legendary bassist, Jaco Pastorius, actually started out as a drummer but was forced to turn to bass following an injury which prevented him from playing drums. He quickly mastered playing the bass and went on to become one of the most sought-after bassists of his era. While most bassists are males, a few gutsy women have dared to venture into the field and create niches for themselves. Melissa Auf Der Maur, Esperanza Spalding, and Sean Yseult are among the talented female bassists who have taken on the male-dominated bass arena. This section gives you information about the life and works of famous bassists.
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 1 John Deacon

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oadby, United Kingdom
Former Queen bass guitarist and songwriter John Deacon contributed to some of the most popular hits of the band, such as I Want to Break Free and Another One Bites the Dust. He was the last member to enter the band, and the “quietest.” He retired in 1997.

 2 Wolfgang Van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

The son of famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen is a musician and bassist. He is currently the youngest member of the popular rock band Van Halen, which was founded by his father. Over the years, Wolfgang Van Halen has contributed immensely to the success of his band.

 3 Peter Tork

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

 4 Tony Kanal

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
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 5 James McCartney

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 6 Lemmy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: December 28, 2015
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 7 Sid Vicious

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2, 1979
Punk rock legend Sid Vicious was the lead singer and bassist of the Sex Pistols. He had a tumultuous life and was also accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death. He eventually died of a heroin overdose. His unreleased solo singles were collated and released as a posthumous album. 
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 8 Calum Hood

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Famous As: Bassist & Social Media Star
Birthdate: January 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Calum Hood is best known as part of the Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer, which has delivered hits such as She Looks So Perfect. He has also written songs for artists such as Makeout. He quit his plans of pursuing a soccer career to venture into music.

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 9 Phil Lynott

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Died: January 4, 1986
Phil Lynott was the frontman of the rock band Thin Lizzy, which delivered hits such as Whiskey in the Jar and Jailbreak. After the group disbanded, Phil had a successful solo career, published two poetry books, and led the band Grand Slam. He struggled with heroin addiction throughout his life.

 10 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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 11 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. 

 12 Geddy Lee

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Canadian singer Geddy Lee soared to fame as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist of the rock band Rush. He and his bandmates of Rush were the first to win the Officer of the Order of Canada as a group. He also released a solo album, My Favourite Headache.

 13 Dan Fogelberg

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

 14 Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: October 3, 2000

 15 Daniel Padilla

Daniel Padilla
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Famous As: Actor, Recording Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Daniel Padilla is a Filipino recording artist and actor. In 2015, Padilla became the first Pinoy artist to receive the Kids' Choice Award under the Global Slime Star category. He has also won several other awards, such as Myx Music Awards and Awit Awards. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Padilla often participates in charity events.

 16 Kevin Parker

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales

Kevin Parker is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with founding the psychedelic music project, Tame Impala. Over the years, Parker has won several prestigious awards, such as a Brit Award and ARIA Music Awards

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 17 Dee Dee Ramone

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Lee, Virginia, United States
Died: June 5, 2002

Douglas Glenn Colvin, or Dee Dee Ramone, was a co-founder, bassist, and singer of the punk rock band The Ramones. He had also written some of the band’s hits such as Wart Hog and Rockaway Beach. He had a lifelong struggle with heroin addiction and died of a drug overdose.

 18 Laura Jane Grace

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA
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 19 Tina Weymouth

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coronado, California

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.

 20 Michael Kiwanuka

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muswell Hill, London, England
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 21 Kathleen Hanna

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

 22 Rick Danko

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk County, Canada
Died: December 10, 1999

 23 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.

 24 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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 25 Kim Gordon

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

 26 Kim Deal

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

 27 Wes Borland

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

 28 Peaches

Peaches
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 29 Ariel Pink

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

 30 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

 31 Raphael Saadiq

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

 32 Denny Laine

Denny Laine
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 33 Lewis Collins

Lewis Collins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bidston, England
Died: November 27, 2013

 34 Bruce Johnston

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

 35 Kian Egan

Kian Egan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

 36 David Gates

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

 37 John Corabi

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

 38 Mark Owen

Mark Owen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

 39 Davey Havok

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

 40 DJ Quik

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

 41 Jason Everman

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

 42 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

 43 Shavo Odadjian

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

 44 John Wetton

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: January 13, 2017

 45 Jon B.

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

 46 Trevor Horn

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Famous As: Bassists
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England, UK

 47 Stone Gossard

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

 48 Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: October 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

 49 Carol Kaye

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

 50 Eddy Grant

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plaisance, British Guiana [now Guyana]
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