2012 had some incredible highlights in the world of bass, but we must also stop to remember the incredible bassists we lost this year. We lost some of our biggest heroes, and while their strings have stopped ringing, their musical legacies will live on.
Bob Babbitt (July 16, 2012)
Motown bassist and member of the Funk Brothers.
Babbitt’s bass lines propelled numerous hits through the ’60s and ’70s, including Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Spinners’ “Rubberband Man,” and many more. Earlier this year, he was honored with a star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
Donald “Duck” Dunn (May 13, 2012)
Bassist for Booker T. and the M.G.’s and Stax Records.
Adam Yauch aka MCA (May 4, 2012)
MC and bassist for The Beastie Boys.
Yauch formed the Beastie Boys as a punk band after teaching himself to play bass guitar at 17. The group went on to sell over 40 million albums in their career.
Lloyd Brevett (May 3, 2012)
Reggae bassist and founding member of The Skatalites.
John Harrison (May 26, 2012)
Bassist and cofounder of Hawkwind.
Bob Birch (August 15, 2012)
Session musician and longtime bassist for Elton John.
Lee Dorman (December 21, 2012)
Bassist for Iron Butterfly.
B.B. Cunningham (October 14, 2012)
Session musician and bassist for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Chris Ethridge (April 23, 2012)
Bassist and founding member of Flying Burrito Brothers.
Joe Byrd (March 6, 2012)
Charles Flores (August 22, 2012)
Cuban jazz bassist.
Dick Kniss (January 25, 2012)
Bassist for Peter, Paul, and Mary.
John Stockfish (August 30, 2012)
Original bassist for Gordon Lightfoot.
Henry E. Davis (January 18, 2012)
Bassist for ’70s R&B group L.T.D.
John Levy (January 20, 2012)
Bassist and talent manager.
John Koko (June 25, 2012)
Bassist for Makaha Sons.
He was a fixture of performing and promoting Hawaiian music to the world.
Tomáš Čelechovský (June 27, 2012)
Bassist for Czech symphonic metal band Symphonity.