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

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

Calum Hood Calum Hood
Australian

Peaches Peaches
Canadian

Cuco Cuco
American

Connor Ball Connor Ball
Scottish

Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian
Mia Swier Mia Swier
American

Lyn-Z Lyn-Z
British

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American
John DoeJohn Doe
American

Rory GallagherRory Gallagher
Irish
Dan FogelbergDan Fogelberg
American

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq
American

Wes BorlandWes Borland
American
Tony KanalTony Kanal
British, American
Kim GordonKim Gordon
American

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American

Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
American
David GatesDavid Gates
American

John WettonJohn Wetton
British

Fat MikeFat Mike
American

Jason EvermanJason Everman
American

Stone GossardStone Gossard
American
Jeff AmentJeff Ament
American

Michale GravesMichale Graves
American
Rudy SarzoRudy Sarzo
Cuban, American

James JamersonJames Jamerson
American

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Canadian
Graham GouldmanGraham Gouldman
British

Alex BandAlex Band
American
Jack CasadyJack Casady
American

Keith DuffyKeith Duffy
Irish, Northern Irish

Martin Eric AinMartin Eric Ain
Swiss