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.

Gene Simmons Gene Simmons
Israeli, American

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
Peaches Peaches
Canadian

Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian
Cuco Cuco
American

Lyn-Z Lyn-Z
British

Connor Ball Connor Ball
Scottish

Mia Swier Mia Swier
American
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Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

LemmyLemmy
British

Alan MerrillAlan Merrill
American
Rick DankoRick Danko
Canadian

John DoeJohn Doe
American

Randy JacksonRandy Jackson
American

Tony KanalTony Kanal
British, American

Stuart SutcliffeStuart Sutcliffe
British, Scottish
Rory GallagherRory Gallagher
Irish

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American
Peter TorkPeter Tork
American

Dan FogelbergDan Fogelberg
American

Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
British
Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh
Kim GordonKim Gordon
American

Kim DealKim Deal
American

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American

Wes BorlandWes Borland
American

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British
Denny LaineDenny Laine
British

Carol KayeCarol Kaye
American

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American

Mike RutherfordMike Rutherford
British
Laura Jane GraceLaura Jane Grace
American
Shaun RyderShaun Ryder
British

Mark OwenMark Owen
British

David GatesDavid Gates
American

Ariel PinkAriel Pink
American
Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq
American

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
American
Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Bruce JohnstonBruce Johnston
American

Glen MatlockGlen Matlock
British
Jeff AmentJeff Ament
American

Stone GossardStone Gossard
American
Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Canadian

Roger HodgsonRoger Hodgson
British

Fat MikeFat Mike
American
Phil LeshPhil Lesh
American

Jon B.Jon B.
American
Davey HavokDavey Havok
American

Trevor HornTrevor Horn
British

Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British

John WettonJohn Wetton
British
DJ QuikDJ Quik
American

Nicky ByrneNicky Byrne
Irish

Jason EvermanJason Everman
American

James JamersonJames Jamerson
American

Kevin MorbyKevin Morby
American
John RichJohn Rich
American

Richard HellRichard Hell
American
Kian EganKian Egan
Irish

Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
American

Bill NelsonBill Nelson
British
Jerry OnlyJerry Only
American

Colin GreenwoodColin Greenwood
British
Keith DuffyKeith Duffy
Irish

Mike PorcaroMike Porcaro
American
Ron CarterRon Carter
American

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
German, American

Rudy SarzoRudy Sarzo
Cuban, American
Joey TempestJoey Tempest
Swedish

Buzz OsborneBuzz Osborne
American
Michale GravesMichale Graves
American