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  • In Memoriam: Brian Rading

    In Memoriam: Brian Rading

    Brian Rading, who laid down the low end for Canada’s Five Man Electrical Band, has passed away after fighting throat cancer. He was 69 years old. Rading co-founded the band in 1963 in Ottawa. Originally called The Staccatos, the group changed their name after a handful of albums on Capitol Records of Canada. Rading was... »

  • In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

    In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

    Nashville session bass ace Mike Chapman has passed away after battling an aggressive form of cancer. He was 63 years old. Chapman was an absolute staple of country music. Born in Alabama, he began his career playing in nightclubs “6 nights a week, 5 sets a night for the biggest part of a decade,” his... »

  • In Memoriam: Marshall “Rock” Jones

    In Memoriam: Marshall “Rock” Jones

    Sad news to report today: Ohio Players bassist Marshall “Rock” Jones has passed away after battling cancer and recently suffering a stroke. He was 75 years old. Jones was a founding member of the Ohio Players precursor band The Ohio Untouchables in 1959, though he left after getting in a fistfight 1964. Another shakeup led... »

  • In Memoriam: Jane Little

    In Memoriam: Jane Little

    Double bassist Jane Little, who was the longest tenured orchestra member in the world, passed away on May 14th doing what she loved: playing bass. In a bittersweet twist of fate, the 87-year-old collapsed during an encore performance with the Atlanta Symphony during the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Little served in the... »

  • In Memoriam: Terry Plumeri

    In Memoriam: Terry Plumeri

    The bass world is grieving as double bassist and composer Johnterryl “Terry” Plumeri was murdered in his Florida home this week in what police believe was part of a string of burglaries. He was 71 years old. Plumeri began music at the age of 10. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New... »

  • In Memoriam: Joe Skyward

    In Memoriam: Joe Skyward

    Joe Skyward, born Joe Howard, has died after a two-year fight with cancer. He was 57. The former Posies and Sunny Day Real Estate bassist’s passing was announced on the Posies Facebook page. “Joe Skyward, aka Joe Bass, left us last night,” the post read. “He had been fighting cancer for the last 2 years.... »

  • In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

    In Memoriam: James Jamerson, Jr.

    Very sad news to report today: James Jamerson, Jr. has passed away at the age of 58. A cause of death has not been announced, though he had been ill for some time. Jamerson followed in the footsteps of his father, the legendary Motown studio musician, as a bassist. In fact, much of his childhood... »

  • In Memoriam: Bob Raymond

    In Memoriam: Bob Raymond

    Bob Raymond, former bassist for Sugarloaf, has passed away after a 7-month battle with lung cancer. He was 69 years old. Raymond joined the band in 1968 when they were called Chocolate Hair. The band was signed to Liberty Records and changed to Sugarloaf just before their debut album, which scored the hit “Green-Eyed Lady”.... »

  • In Memoriam: Jimmy Bain

    In Memoriam: Jimmy Bain

    Bassist Jimmy Bain, who laid down the low end for hard rock icons Rainbow and Dio, has passed away at the age of 68. A cause of death has not been announced. The announcement was made by Def Leppard guitarist and Last in Line bandmate Vivian Campbell. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I... »

  • In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2015

    In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2015

    As we reflect on the musical highs of 2015, let us not forget those bassists we lost. Our community lost some of its brightest stars this year, but their musical legacies will never go away. Join us as we take a moment to remember the lives and legacies of the bass players we lost this... »