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MrDaveTheBass

Most Obscure Bass Claim to Fame?

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[quote name='Trueno' timestamp='1503608235' post='3359711']
Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.
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Robinson?

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I was at school with Les Hurdle (early Donna Summer, Brighteyes and much more) and I shared a flat with Dave Wintour (Wurzles, Wakeman and more)

Oh, and I can confidently claim to be first in UK to have played fretless BG.

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The Wurzels are unexpectedly getting quite a few mentions. Excellent.

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[quote name='Trueno' timestamp='1503608235' post='3359711']
Just remembered... once worked with a dep drummer who played with Smokey.
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Your neighbour at the time wasn't called Alice, by any chance?

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Is an obscure drumming claim to fame aloud..? Yes..? OK, then...
When writing up his article covering our gig for his local paper, the journalist mentioned that I'd previously played drums with Dick Rivers (look him up..?). I haven't; we move in different circles.

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I didn't mind he's a mate of our drummers and they were using our rehearsal space to put something together for Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones festival near these parts. I always say that's why the knobs are there in the first place and I don't exactly have a signature tone to dial back in :)

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[quote name='dood' timestamp='1503608061' post='3359706']
Nice! I think the first ever production 5 was the Yamaha BB5000 in 1985? So yea I expect there weren't too many about!
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Fender made a five WAAAAY before that. Also a six. Both in the 60s.

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[quote name='bassace' timestamp='1503652336' post='3359915']

Oh, and I can confidently claim to be first in UK to have played fretless BG.
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because..............?

:D

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[quote name='Shaggy' timestamp='1503610519' post='3359748']

4. Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) was a former pupil at my school, and I once found a book with his name signed in! :) .....which I wish I'd kept... :(. As were most of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band.
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Cambridge High School for Boys or the Perse? Which Bonzos? I thought Bubs went to Netherhall. (well he was big enough to count as most of the BDDDB) :lol:

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I've gigged a Status Buzzard once owned by Entwistle

I played at an outdoor festival in Worcestershire in the 70's. Alexis Korner was headlining...he said we were sh*t (didn't meet him). My mate Harry, drummer from this band, has gigged with Robert Plant!

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[quote name='ivansc' timestamp='1503661821' post='3360061']
Fender made a five WAAAAY before that. Also a six. Both in the 60s.
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Wasn't their fiver equipped with a high C, though? Not to split hairs, but I think BRX was referring to the first basses with a low B!

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Saw Victor Wooten at a Hartke seminar in Essex - signed my copy of "The Lesson"...

Mark King signed a Charrington [b]Bass[/b] 1908 "[b]King[/b]s Ale" bottle for the Herts Bash raffle last year.

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I know a girl whose sister was the girlfriend of Justin Currie of legendary Scottish rockers Del Amitri. When they broke up Justin's bass was left behind in a cupboard. Her brother sold it at a car boot sale.

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[quote name='ivansc' timestamp='1503661904' post='3360065']



because..............?

:D
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1959

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[quote name='Cosmo Valdemar' timestamp='1503665574' post='3360123']


I think that even beats Bill Wyman!
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Yes, I suppose it does but he was well known and I wasn't. My brother made a homemade bass guitar, used the coil from a headphone for the pickup but because he didn't have the skills to put frets in the fingerboard he left it fretless. As I was playing DB back then I found it quite easy to play. Deffo 1959 tho, I played it at my school dance.

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[quote name='ivansc' timestamp='1503661821' post='3360061']
Fender made a five WAAAAY before that.
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Yes it was high C. Alembic did the first low B for Jimmy Johnson in 1981 I think.

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I live 20 minutes away from a lady bass player who played bass for Jet Harris whilst he played guitar.

Even more obscure is that Phil Collins once bought me a lager and lime and he wasn't a bass player.

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I once made Neil Murray a cup of tea. I was working at Roland/Boss at the time and he came to our HQ for something.

I also sat in a hotel bar with Guy Pratt once after a stand up show he was doing called My Bass and Other Animals a few years ago now. Ended up getting pissed together and talking about our fave bass lines.

And Marcus Miller once rang me when I worked at Roland to get some info on a sound module. No idea whether he ever went out and bought it tho!

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[quote name='Kiwi' timestamp='1503668858' post='3360178']
Yes it was high C. Alembic did the first low B for Jimmy Johnson in 1981 I think.
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Are we talking about the first bass with a low B? Anthony Jackson had one built by Carl Thompson in 1975 apparently...

http://www.melvinleedavis.com/images/Contrabass%20Conception.pdf

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[quote name='Leonard Smalls' timestamp='1503647596' post='3359871']
I once shared a dodgy cigarette with a well known Blockheads bass player...
[/quote]thats funny so did I.... woolwich tramshed early 80s

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[quote name='EliasMooseblaster' timestamp='1503653974' post='3359931']


Your neighbour at the time wasn't called Alice, by any chance?
[/quote]Alice..Alice...who the..

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My son was gigging one night and a drunken woman remarked that he looked like a young Duff McKagan.
She also remarked that she *would*...

Thing is, I don't know if there are any pics of Duff from when he was 14. Or if he was the object of desire for cougars.

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Posted (edited)
I once held Victor Wooten's bass....(yes this is his)


http://i.imgur.com/w7LFh57.jpg Edited by TheGreek

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