Famous British Bassists

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John Deacon
(Musician)
John Deacon
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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.
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Lemmy
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Motörhead')
Lemmy
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Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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.

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John Paul Jones
(Musician)
John Paul Jones
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Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England
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Sid Vicious
(Musician)
Sid Vicious
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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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Adam Clayton
(Bassist of the rock band U2)
Adam Clayton
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Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chinnor, England
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Michael Kiwanuka
(Singer-songwriter)
Michael Kiwanuka
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Birthdate: May 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muswell Hill, London, England
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Tony Kanal
(Musician)
Tony Kanal
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Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
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Denny Laine
(Musician)
Denny Laine
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Lewis Collins
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Birthdate: May 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bidston, England
Died: November 27, 2013
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Mark Owen
(British Singer and Former Member of 'Take That')
Mark Owen
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Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

Multiple Brit Award-winning singer Mark Owen soared to fame as a member of the pop group Take That. He went solo later and released hit albums such as The Art of Doing Nothing. He also played professional football and worked at Barclays before joining Take That.

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Glen Matlock
(Musician)
Glen Matlock
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Birthdate: August 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK
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Mike Rutherford
(Guitarist)
Mike Rutherford
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Birthdate: October 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
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Eddy Grant
(Musician)
Eddy Grant
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Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plaisance, British Guiana [now Guyana]
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Max George
(Singer-songwriter)
Max George
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Birthdate: September 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester
Max George went from being a Preston North End footballer to the frontman of The Wanted, delivering hits such as Heart Vacancy. He was also seen in the reality series The Wanted Life, participated in Strictly Come Dancing, and appeared in the recurring role of Clint in Glee.
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Dougie Payne
(Bassist)
Dougie Payne
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Birthdate: November 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
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John Wetton
(Singer)
John Wetton
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Birthdate: June 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: January 13, 2017
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Colin Greenwood
(Musician)
Colin Greenwood
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Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
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Ian Hill
(Musician, best known as the bassist and mainstay for the British heavy metal band Judas Priest)
Ian Hill
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Birthdate: January 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
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Pete Farndon
(Former English bassist and founding member of the rock band the Pretenders.)
Pete Farndon
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Birthdate: June 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Died: April 14, 1983
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Andy Fraser
(Musician, Bassist, Songwriter)
Andy Fraser
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Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: March 16, 2015
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Alan Lancaster
(Best known as a founding member and bassist)
Alan Lancaster
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Birthdate: February 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England
Died: September 26, 2021
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Bill Nelson
(Singer)
Bill Nelson
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Birthdate: December 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
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Charlie Jones
(Bassist)
Charlie Jones
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Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bristol
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David Steele
(Musician who was a member of the Beat and Fine Young Cannibals)
David Steele
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Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
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Heinz Burt
(Bassist)
Heinz Burt
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Birthdate: July 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany
Died: April 7, 2000
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Stephen Street
(Record Producer)
Stephen Street
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Birthdate: March 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
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Gavin Bryars
(Composer)
Gavin Bryars
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Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goole, England
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Lyn-Z
(Musical Artist)
Lyn-Z
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Birthdate: May 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunoon