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

Kevin Parker Kevin Parker
Australian

Peaches Peaches
Canadian
Cuco Cuco
American

Connor Ball Connor Ball
Scottish
Mia Swier Mia Swier
American

Lyn-Z Lyn-Z
British

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Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American
Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American

John DoeJohn Doe
American

Rory GallagherRory Gallagher
Irish

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British
Peter TorkPeter Tork
American
Dan FogelbergDan Fogelberg
American

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American

Shaun RyderShaun Ryder
British

Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq
American
Randy JacksonRandy Jackson
American

Kim DealKim Deal
American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh

Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American

Matt WillisMatt Willis
British
Wes BorlandWes Borland
American

Tony KanalTony Kanal
British, American
Kim GordonKim Gordon
American

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American

Nicky ByrneNicky Byrne
Irish
Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British

Tom ScholzTom Scholz
American
Kian EganKian Egan
Irish

Laura Jane GraceLaura Jane Grace
American

Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Bruce JohnstonBruce Johnston
American

Denny LaineDenny Laine
British
Ariel PinkAriel Pink
American

David GatesDavid Gates
American

Trevor HornTrevor Horn
British

Damien RiceDamien Rice
Northern Irish
Davey HavokDavey Havok
American

Roger HodgsonRoger Hodgson
British
Glen MatlockGlen Matlock
British

John WettonJohn Wetton
British

Fat MikeFat Mike
American
Jason EvermanJason Everman
American

Mike RutherfordMike Rutherford
British
A.B. QuintanillaA.B. Quintanilla
American

Richard HellRichard Hell
American

Andrew WyattAndrew Wyatt
American
Jon B.Jon B.
American

DJ QuikDJ Quik
American
Carol KayeCarol Kaye
American

Stone GossardStone Gossard
American

Jerry OnlyJerry Only
American

Buzz OsborneBuzz Osborne
American
Jeff AmentJeff Ament
American
Joey TempestJoey Tempest
Swedish

Mark OwenMark Owen
British

Michale GravesMichale Graves
American

Mike PorcaroMike Porcaro
American
Rudy SarzoRudy Sarzo
Cuban, American

James JamersonJames Jamerson
American

John RichJohn Rich
American

Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Canadian

Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
American
Graham GouldmanGraham Gouldman
British

Bill NelsonBill Nelson
British
Alex BandAlex Band
American

Jack CasadyJack Casady
American
Keith DuffyKeith Duffy
Irish, Northern Irish
Martin Eric AinMartin Eric Ain
Swiss