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I was surprised many years ago when I bought a Sammy Hagar album and reading the notes found out that the bass player was .... Eddie van Halen!

I seem to recall that Yngwie played bass on one of his own albums.

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In 1988 Ruud Gullit played Bass in a band called Revelation Time. They had a hit with an Anti-Apartheid song called 'South Africa', surprisingly the song got to No. 3 in Holland.

 

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On 21/05/2020 at 13:07, ubit said:

NO ONE can compete with the original Dougal!

 

Ken Russel?

Eisenstien?

I had no idea Magic Roundabout was so highbrow when I was a kid 🙂

 

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Billy Sheehan. Who'd have thought it? with all that guitarist drivel he insists on trotting out on his Yamaha!

 

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3 hours ago, Bassassin said:

He's a member of prog band Frost*, along with various other time-served UK prog scene luminaries. On the whole I prefer his playing to his brother's these days.

According to Wikipedia he’s also played bass and guitar with the Blockheads. Thanks for the tip off about Frost*. I’m always on the lookout for new prog/fusion type bands to listen to.

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4 hours ago, yonni said:

Thanks for the tip off about Frost*. I’m always on the lookout for new prog/fusion type bands to listen to.

Enjoy. This is awesome.

 

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On 21/05/2020 at 15:35, inthedoghouse said:

Seeing as you borught up my personal guitar hero, here he is jamming with Johnny Winter at The Scene club in 1968

 

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He’s using a PICK. Loser... he’ll never amount to anything...40 years on no one will even remember his name 

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On 19/05/2020 at 14:56, TrevorR said:

Presume everyone knows that Aimee Mann is pretty tasty on the bass as well as being a top singer and guitar player. When we saw her live she and the "other bass player" in the band swapped between bass and guitar all evening.

No one's mentioned Canoe Reeves but I guess that's well known.

Less well known is maybe Ryan Gosling...

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His band is actually really good, not to everyone's taste but if you are after something a bit lofi, melancholy and strange then it certainly fits the bill

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Monty Alexander , pianist with one of the Ray Brown Trios playing bass at 2:16

 

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Interesting. Is that a Jazz with a Precision neck - usually the other way round? Not sure if that mark is the screw of the Precision pickup or not.

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23 minutes ago, Steve Browning said:

Interesting. Is that a Jazz with a Precision neck - usually the other way round? Not sure if that mark is the screw of the Precision pickup or not.

Looks like a Precision I think Steve.

 

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7 hours ago, Steve Browning said:

Interesting. Is that a Jazz with a Precision neck - usually the other way round? Not sure if that mark is the screw of the Precision pickup or not.

Presumably though that must mean there are a lot of jazz bodies and precision necks going spare!

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Chris Stainton, who has been playing piano & keyboards for the last 50 years, with the likes of Joe Cocker, The Who, Eric Clapton, the marvellous Boxer & countless others was originally Joe Cocker's bass player. 

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9 minutes ago, AndyTravis said:

Did someone already say Martin Clunes? If not...Martin Clunes is a bass player.

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Didn’t know that.

However he did play a bass player in a comedy TV show. He was bassist and leader of a band and tricked the rest of the band into thinking that they had had a hit when he had actually rigged the sales figures. He wrote the song and only years later revealed to the singer that the lyrics were about having a Joderal Bank!

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Curtly Ambrose, former West Indies and Northants fast bowler. I've seen a picture of him playing a Steinberger Spirit headless - the extremities of scale!

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Ian Brown of The Stone Roses originally played bass in The Patrol alongside John Squire, the band that would later morph into the Roses.

 

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Leon Russel played bass for Bob Dylan's set at the Concert For Bangladesh .

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3 hours ago, Manwithvan said:

Curtly Ambrose, former West Indies and Northants fast bowler. I've seen a picture of him playing a Steinberger Spirit headless - the extremities of scale!

I can picture him in the guitar shop....... 'please give me the bass which looks most like a cricket bat'!

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On 19/05/2020 at 16:29, bassbiscuits said:

He must be absolutely massive for that T bird to be so small on him!

I think he’s 6’4”. And about as wide. 

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Not really on topic but there’s a Ric 4003 in the background in one of the scenes in Avengers Infinity War (least I think its IW). 

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On 18/05/2020 at 18:00, Belka said:

Demis Roussos - not a lot of people know he played bass. Or that he was in a progressive rock band (Aprodite's Child) before becoming a '70s suburban housewife staple.

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Discovered the album 666 whilst in lockdown. It’s great, but does contain one of the maddest tracks ever recorded in Infinity (unfortunately there isn’t an infinity sign on my keyboard). 

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