Find out more about famous Bassists, including Brian Wilson, Sid Vicious, Mark Hoppus, Daniel Padilla and Tina Weymouth.

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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.

Phil Lynott Phil Lynott
Irish, British

Mark Hoppus Mark Hoppus
American

Link Wray Link Wray
American

Bobby Vee Bobby Vee
American

Calum Hood Calum Hood
Australian

Cuco Cuco
American
Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian

Peaches Peaches
Canadian
Connor Ball Connor Ball
Scottish

Lyn-Z Lyn-Z
British

Mia Swier Mia Swier
American

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LemmyLemmy
British

Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
British

Peter TorkPeter Tork
American

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American
Dan FogelbergDan Fogelberg
American

John DoeJohn Doe
American

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh

Randy JacksonRandy Jackson
American
Rory GallagherRory Gallagher
Irish

Rick DankoRick Danko
Canadian
Tony KanalTony Kanal
British, American

Kim GordonKim Gordon
American

Stuart SutcliffeStuart Sutcliffe
British, Scottish
Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American

Carol KayeCarol Kaye
American
Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq
American

Wes BorlandWes Borland
American

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American
Kim DealKim Deal
American

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Canadian

Laura Jane GraceLaura Jane Grace
American

Shaun RyderShaun Ryder
British
David GatesDavid Gates
American
Kian EganKian Egan
Irish

Denny LaineDenny Laine
British

Roger HodgsonRoger Hodgson
British

Damien RiceDamien Rice
Northern Irish
Nicky ByrneNicky Byrne
Irish

Ariel PinkAriel Pink
American
Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Phil LeshPhil Lesh
American

Bruce JohnstonBruce Johnston
American
Tom ScholzTom Scholz
American

Stone GossardStone Gossard
American
Trevor HornTrevor Horn
British

Glen MatlockGlen Matlock
British

Jason EvermanJason Everman
American
Mike RutherfordMike Rutherford
British

Davey HavokDavey Havok
American
DJ QuikDJ Quik
American

John WettonJohn Wetton
British

Jeff AmentJeff Ament
American

Jon B.Jon B.
American
Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British

Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
American

Mark OwenMark Owen
British

Fat MikeFat Mike
American

Richard HellRichard Hell
American
John RichJohn Rich
American

Bill NelsonBill Nelson
British
James JamersonJames Jamerson
American

Joey TempestJoey Tempest
Swedish

Kevin MorbyKevin Morby
American
Alex BandAlex Band
American

Jerry OnlyJerry Only
American
Mike PorcaroMike Porcaro
American

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
German, American
Mike WattMike Watt
American

Buzz OsborneBuzz Osborne
American

Andrew WyattAndrew Wyatt
American
Colin GreenwoodColin Greenwood
British

Jack CasadyJack Casady
American
Michale GravesMichale Graves
American