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RIP Charles Fambrough

RIP Charles Fambrough

After a long battle with liver disease, jazz bassist Charles Fambrough has passed away. The Philadelphia-based player had a storied career, playing with Grover Washington, Jr., Airto Moreira, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, and more. He also spent two years in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. “McCoy showed me how to play with endurance. Art gave me refinement,” the bassist once said....

In Memoriam: Bassists We Lost in 2010

As the year draws to its close, we stop to remember the great bassists who passed away in 2010. The bass community lost heroes from every genre, from jazz to funk to punk and everything in between. Here’s our salute to the fallen low-enders. Robert Wilson Robert Wilson, bassist for the Gap Band. Wilson’s funky playing impacted many bassists to...

RIP Jim Clench, Bassist for April Wine and B.T.O.

RIP Jim Clench, Bassist for April Wine and B.T.O.

Jim Clench, a bassist from Montreal who performed with April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has passed away at the age of 61. Clench had been battling lung cancer. Clench was with April Wine from 1970 until 1975, performing on the band’s hits including “You Could Have Been a Lady” and “The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy”. After his break from...

RIP Walter Payton

RIP Walter Payton

Famed New Orleans bassist Walter Payton Jr. passed away October 28 following a longtime illness. Payton, who is father to trumpeter Nicholas Payton, suffered a stroke early this year while on the road with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with whom he had been working with since as early as 1965. Besides his spectacular playing, the bassist touched lives through...

RIP Kenny Edwards

RIP Kenny Edwards

Bassist Kenny Edwards, best known for his work with Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poney’s, passed away on August 18th after a battle with cancer. He was 64. Edwards recorded and toured with Ronstadt from 1974 to 1980. He also recorded with Warren Zevon, Steve Nicks, Peter Cetera, Don Henley and countless others. A memorial concert will be held today...

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RIP Calvin “Fuzz” Jones

RIP Calvin “Fuzz” Jones

Chicago blues bassist Calvin “Fuzz” Jones passed away August 9th at the age of 84 due to complications from lung cancer. Fuzz was one of the key players to develop the Chicago blues sound with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith as they spent nearly two decades in Muddy Waters’ band, not to mention working with other blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf,...

RIP Andy Hummel

RIP Andy Hummel

Andy Hummel, original bassist for the 70s power pop group Big Star, has passed away after a 2-year battle with cancer. He was 59. This comes just months after the loss of the group’s singer, Alex Chilton. Big Star’s early three-album career influenced many rock bands that followed them, including R.E.M., The Replacements, and The Posies. The younger generation might...

RIP Pete Quaife

Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife passed away June 24th at the age of 66. The exact cause of death is uncertain, but he had been going through kidney dialysis treatments over the last 10 years. Quaife was a founding member of the Kinks, which hit the scene in 1962 and was a part of the British Invasion. It was during...

RIP Marvin Isley

Marvin Isley, bassist of the popular ‘70s and ‘80s funk group the Isley Brothers, has passed away June 6 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 56. Isley was not the first bassist for the group, (he later joined when he was old enough), founded by brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph, and Ronald. It was during this period that the Isleys had released their...

RIP Peter Steele

Type O Negative bassist and frontman Peter Steele has passed away at the age of 48. Though an autopsy has yet to be done, it seems Steele died of heart failure. A statement issued by his family said he “died suddenly Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after a short illness…” Steele’s passing has come as a shock to those around him....

RIP John Ciambotti

John Ciambotti, bass player for the band Clover, passed away this week at the age of 67 from an abdominal aneurysm. Ciambotti and Clover backed up Elvis Costello on his debut album, My Aim is True, and reunited with him in 2007 to play the album live at fundraisers in San Francisco. He also found session work with artists including...

RIP: Geoff Lloyd

Geoff Lloyd, who co-founded and played bass for the popular Canadian rock group, the Matthew Good Band, passed away this weekend. The cause of death has not been made public, but a Facebook post states that “Geoff had been fighting his inner demons for a number of years, and they finally got the better of him.” Lloyd was the bassist...