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Electric Bass Guitar Players

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  • Jaco Pastorius (1951 - 1987)
    John Francis Anthony Pastorius III (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987), known as Jaco Pastorius, was an influential American jazz musician, composer, big band leader and electric bass player...
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Bill Black (1926 - 1965)
    Wikipedia Musician, played bass. Best known as Elvis Presley's bassist in the 1950s. Started on double bass, later also played Fender Precision electric bass guitar.
  • Sir Paul McCartney
    Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, poet, composer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur, record and film producer, painter, and animal rights and peace activist. Formerly of ...

The mass-produced electric bass guitar was introduced by Leo Fender in 1951, but did not achieve popularity until the late 1950s, after which it gradually became the predominant string bass instrument in most genres other than Jazz and Classical music. Musicians who only play traditional double-bass should not be included in this project


Notable Bass Guitarists (in no particular order, yet)

  • Monk Montgomery (Lionel Hampton Band)
  • Bill Black (Elvis Presley)
  • James Jamerson (Motown: The Funk Brothers)
  • Robert "Bob" Babbit (Motown: The Funk Brothers)
  • Carol Kaye (LA: The Wrecking Crew
  • Joe Osborn (LA: The Wrecking Crew
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn (Memphis: Stax)
  • Chuck Rainey
  • Leland Sklar
  • Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)
  • Jack Bruce (Graham Bond Organization; Cream; West, Bruce & Laing; Bruce, Baker & Moore; solo)
  • John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin; )
  • John Entwistle (The Who; )
  • Chris Squire (Yes)
  • Pino Palladino
  • Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones)
  • Francis "Rocco" Prestia (Tower of Power)
  • Larry Graham (Graham Central Station)
  • Stanley Clarke (Return to Forever)
  • Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)
  • Bootsie Collins
  • Marcus Miller
  • Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck; Herbie Hancock; )
  • Klaus Voorman
  • Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley, The Doors)
  • Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello & The Attractions)
  • Carl Radle (Eric Clapton)
  • Nathan East
  • Felix Pappalardi (Mountain)
  • John McVie (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac)
  • Abraham Laboriel, Sr.
  • Tommy Shannon (Johnny Winter; Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
  • Berry Oakley (Allman Brohers Band)
  • Dee Murray (Elton John)
  • David Brown (Santana)
  • Anthony Jackson
  • Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, +)
  • Aston "Family Man" Barrett (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
  • Robbie Shakespeare (Peter Tosh, +)
  • Ronni Wood ( Rolling Stones)
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck)
  • Adam Clayton (U2)
  • Dusty Hill (ZZ Top)
  • Gary Willis
  • Jeff Berlin
  • Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads)
  • Suzi Quatro