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 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

Lemmy was an English musician who founded the popular rock band Motörhead. The only continuous member of Motörhead, Lemmy served as the band's lead singer, primary songwriter, and bassist. Renowned for his gravelly voice, which was counted among the most recognizable voices in rock, Lemmy is also remembered for his military-influenced fashion sense and his signature friendly mutton chops.

 3 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.

 4 Duff McKagan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer, Singer, Journalist
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
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 5 John Paul Jones

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England

 6 Thundercat

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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 7 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.

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 8 Rick Danko

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

Canadian singer and The Band member Rick Danko initially performed as a rhythm guitarist and bassist for The Hawks. Part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Danko struggled with drug addiction and was once even arrested in Japan for smuggling drugs. He died in his sleep after a performance.

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 9 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. 

 10 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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 11 Kim Deal

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

 12 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.

 13 Kim Gordon

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

 14 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.

 15 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. 

 16 Peter Tork

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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 17 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.

 18 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
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 19 Dan Fogelberg

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

 20 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.

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 21 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

 22 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.

 23 Laura Jane Grace

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

 24 Martyn LeNoble

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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands
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 25 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.

 26 Kathleen Hanna

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

 27 Michael Kiwanuka

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

 28 Phil Lesh

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

 29 James McCartney

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

 30 Tony Kanal

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

 31 Wes Borland

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

 32 Tony Levin

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

 33 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

 34 Brody Armstrong

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 35 Ariel Pink

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

 36 Carol Kaye

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

 37 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. 

 38 Adam Clayton

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Famous As: Bassist of the rock band U2
Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chinnor, England

 39 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

 40 Bruce Johnston

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

 41 David Gates

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

 42 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

 43 Denny Laine

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

 44 Lewis Collins

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

 45 John Corabi

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

 46 Mike Watt

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

 47 DJ Quik

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

 48 Evan Seinfeld

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

 49 Ron Carter

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

 50 Jason Everman

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