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 Wolfgang Van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Brian Wilson

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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Brian Wilson is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Referred to as a genius, Wilson serves as an inspiration to several indie musicians. Regarded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation, Wilson is often featured in lists, such as the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

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 3 Sid Vicious

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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. 

 4 John Deacon

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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.
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 5 Lemmy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: December 28, 2015

 6 Phil Lynott

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: January 4, 1986
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 7 Max George

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 8 Michael Kiwanuka

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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 9 Sheila E.

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Famous As: Percussionist
Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 10 Tony Kanal

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, American

 11 John Doe

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 12 Taylor Goldsmith

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 13 James Fox

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British, Welsh

 14 Mark Hoppus

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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 15 Dan Fogelberg

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 16, 2007

 16 Rory Gallagher

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish
Died: June 14, 1995
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 17 Dee Dee Ramone

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2002

 18 Randy Jackson

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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 19 Bootsy Collins

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 20 Tina Weymouth

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 21 Phil Elverum

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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 3, 2000
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 23 Peter Tork

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 24 Stuart Sutcliffe

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: April 10, 1962

 25 Kathleen Hanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 26 Daniel Padilla

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Famous As: Actor, Recording Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Filipino

 27 Rick Danko

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 10, 1999

 28 Shaun Ryder

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 29 Wes Borland

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 30 Kim Deal

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 James McCartney

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 33 Chris Murphy

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 34 Laura Jane Grace

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 35 David Gates

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Lewis Collins

Lewis Collins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: November 27, 2013

 37 Denny Laine

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 38 Tom Scholz

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 39 Fat Mike

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 40 Thurston Moore

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Shawn Crahan

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 43 Trevor Horn

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Famous As: Bassists
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 44 Calum Hood

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Famous As: Bassist & Social Media Star
Birthdate: January 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 45 Eddy Grant

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Guyanese, British

 46 Mike Rutherford

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: October 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 47 Davey Havok

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 48 Bruce Johnston

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 49 Shavo Odadjian

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Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 50 Ariel Pink

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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