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

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

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

Geddy Lee
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Willowdale, 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

Duff McKagan
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
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 5 Thundercat

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

 6 John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England
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 7 Tina Weymouth

Tina Weymouth
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coronado, California, United States

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

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 Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

 10 Sid Vicious

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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 11 Calum Hood

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.

 12 Flea (Musician)

Flea (Musician)
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Michael Balzary, or Flea, is best known as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also been part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace, appeared in films such as The Big Lebowski, and voiced Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys franchise. He also co-owns a music-oriented non-profit.

 13 Kim Deal

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

 14 Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 2012

Rapper and bass guitarist Adam Yauch, better known by his pseudonym, “MCA,” was a founding member of the hip-hop and rap rock Beastie Boys. He also owned a film distributing company and was a practicing Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement. He died of parotid cancer.

 15 Kim Gordon

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

 16 Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo
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Famous As: Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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 17 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.

 18 Peter Tork

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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 19 Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: October 4, 2000

 20 Mark Hoppus

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. 
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 21 Dan Fogelberg

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

 22 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.

 23 Kevin Parker

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

 24 Laura Jane Grace

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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 25 Kathleen Hanna

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

 26 James McCartney

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

 27 Martyn LeNoble

Martyn LeNoble
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands

 28 Taylor Goldsmith

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.

 29 Tony Levin

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

 30 Carol Kaye

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

 31 Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5, 1979
Jazz double bassist and pianist Charles Mingus is remembered for his stints with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock, and was named to the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. His scores and recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress.

 32 Tony Kanal

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

 33 Tom Araya

Tom Araya
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Famous As: Vocalist and Bassist of American thrash metal band Slayer
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile

 34 Adam Clayton

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

 35 James Jamerson

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

 36 Michael Kiwanuka

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

 37 Ariel Pink

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

 38 Brandon Charles Boyd

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

 39 Phil Lesh

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

 40 Denny Laine

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

 41 Wes Borland

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

Wes Borland is a rock musician best known for his association with the popular rock band, Limp Bizkit. Borland is also credited with co-founding an experimental metal band named Big Dumb Face. Known for his elaborate visual appearance, Borland often wears a mask while performing. He was named in the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list by the magazine Total Guitar.

 42 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

 43 Brody Armstrong

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. 

 44 David Gates

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

 45 Bruce Johnston

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

 46 Charlie Haden

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

 47 Mike Watt

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

 48 Ron Carter

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

 49 Jason Everman

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

 50 Kian Egan

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