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In Memoriam: Rob Farr

In Memoriam: Rob Farr

Former Warrior bassist Rob Farr has passed away at the age of 58. He died in his sleep two days after a gig with his cover band Radio 80’s. His longtime bandmate and drummer Dave Ducey shared the news on Facebook.

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In Memoriam: Tony Markellis

In Memoriam: Tony Markellis

We’re sad today to report that bassist Tony Markellis has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 68 years old. Markellis had a forty-seven-year career playing a variety of styles but is best known for playing in Trey Anastasio’s solo projects.

In Memoriam: Joe Long

In Memoriam: Joe Long

Joe Long, who played bass for the Four Seasons, has passed away from COVID-19. He was 88 years old. Four Seasons vocalist Frankie Valli shared the news on Facebook.

In Memoriam: Sérgio Brandão

In Memoriam: Sérgio Brandão

We’re sad to share that Brazilian bass great Sérgio Brandão has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 65 years old.

In Memoriam: Morris “B.B.” Dickerson

In Memoriam: Morris “B.B.” Dickerson

Another giant of the bass has left us. Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, who co-founded the band War, passed away after a long illness. He was 71 years old.

In Memoriam: Paul Jackson

In Memoriam: Paul Jackson

Today, we’re very sad to report the loss of another bass legend. Paul Jackson, who changed the face of jazz and funk bass, has passed away at his home in Japan.

In Memoriam: Alan Cartwright

In Memoriam: Alan Cartwright

Former Procol Harum bassist Alan Cartwright has passed away. Although a cause of death was not given, he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. He was 75 years old.

In Memoriam: Douglas Grigsby

In Memoriam: Douglas Grigsby

Bassist and music director Douglas Grigsby has passed away from complications following a stroke he had in September. He was 57 years old.

In Memoriam: Jim Stinnett

In Memoriam: Jim Stinnett

It’s a sad day in the bass community. World-renowned bassist and educator Jim Stinnett has passed away after suffering a heart attack. The news was confirmed by his family via Facebook.

In Memoriam: Tim Bogert

In Memoriam: Tim Bogert

Tim Bogert, whose playing in Vanilla Fudge influenced a generation of bassists, has died at the age of 76. An official statement has not been released, but Bogert was reportedly battling cancer.

In Memoriam: Eugene Wright

In Memoriam: Eugene Wright

Another giant of the bass has left us. Eugene Wright, whose playing anchored the great Dave Brubeck Quartet, passed away on December 30, 2020. He was 97 years old.

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2020

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2020

As 2020 finally draws to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the members of the bass community we lost this year. From rock pioneers to funk icons to visionary luthiers, their work helped to define the shape of music.