Famous British 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 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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 3 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. 

 4 Phil Lynott

Phil Lynott.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Died: January 4, 1986
Phil Lynott was the frontman of the rock band Thin Lizzy, which delivered hits such as Whiskey in the Jar and Jailbreak. After the group disbanded, Phil had a successful solo career, published two poetry books, and led the band Grand Slam. He struggled with heroin addiction throughout his life.

 5 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.

 6 Michael Kiwanuka

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

 7 James McCartney

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

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

 9 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

 10 Denny Laine

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

 11 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

 12 Roger Hodgson

Roger Hodgson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

 13 Mark Owen

Mark Owen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

 14 Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: October 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

 15 Glen Matlock

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK

 16 Trevor Horn

Trevor Horn
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Famous As: Bassists
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England, UK

 17 John Wetton

John Wetton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: January 13, 2017

 18 Max George

Max George.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 19 Dougie Payne

Dougie Payne
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: November 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

 20 Colin Greenwood

Colin Greenwood
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 21 Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones.
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bristol

 22 Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK

 23 Stuart Sutcliffe

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 10, 1962

 24 Stephen Street

Stephen Street
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 25 Heinz Burt

Heinz Burt
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: July 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany
Died: April 7, 2000

 26 Gavin Bryars

Gavin Bryars
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goole, England

 27 James Fox

James Fox
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bargoed, Wales, UK

 28 Lyn-Z

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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: May 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunoon