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

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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LemmyLemmy
British

Shaun RyderShaun Ryder
British

John DoeJohn Doe
American

Sheila E.Sheila E.
American
Rory GallagherRory Gallagher
Irish

Randy JacksonRandy Jackson
American

Dan FogelbergDan Fogelberg
American

Michael KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
British

Peter TorkPeter Tork
American
Tony KanalTony Kanal
British, American

James FoxJames Fox
British, Welsh
Rick DankoRick Danko
Canadian

Phil ElverumPhil Elverum
American

Stuart SutcliffeStuart Sutcliffe
British, Scottish
Kathleen HannaKathleen Hanna
American

Bootsy CollinsBootsy Collins
American
Wes BorlandWes Borland
American

Kim DealKim Deal
American

David GatesDavid Gates
American

James McCartneyJames McCartney
British

Kim GordonKim Gordon
American
Tom ScholzTom Scholz
American

Michale GravesMichale Graves
American

Denny LaineDenny Laine
British

Raphael SaadiqRaphael Saadiq
American
Trevor HornTrevor Horn
British
Thurston MooreThurston Moore
American

Shawn CrahanShawn Crahan
American

Laura Jane GraceLaura Jane Grace
American

Bruce JohnstonBruce Johnston
American
Eddy GrantEddy Grant
Guyanese, British

Roger HodgsonRoger Hodgson
British
Ariel PinkAriel Pink
American

Mike RutherfordMike Rutherford
British

Stone GossardStone Gossard
American
Davey HavokDavey Havok
American

Mark OwenMark Owen
British
Carol KayeCarol Kaye
American

Jeff AmentJeff Ament
American

Phil LeshPhil Lesh
American
Fat MikeFat Mike
American

John WettonJohn Wetton
British
Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Canadian

Jon B.Jon B.
American

DJ QuikDJ Quik
American

Jason EvermanJason Everman
American
Glen MatlockGlen Matlock
British

Nicky ByrneNicky Byrne
Irish

Richard HellRichard Hell
American

Jerry OnlyJerry Only
American

Rudy SarzoRudy Sarzo
Cuban, American
Kian EganKian Egan
Irish

Mike PorcaroMike Porcaro
American
James JamersonJames Jamerson
American

Bill NelsonBill Nelson
British

Joey TempestJoey Tempest
Swedish
Buzz OsborneBuzz Osborne
American

Colin GreenwoodColin Greenwood
British
Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
American

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
German, American
Kevin MorbyKevin Morby
American

Leon WilkesonLeon Wilkeson
American

Jack CasadyJack Casady
American
Alex BandAlex Band
American

Mike WattMike Watt
American
Ron CarterRon Carter
American