Another icon of the bass has left us. Reggae legend Robbie Shakespeare has passed away at the age of 68.
Double bassist and composer Teppo Hauta-aho has died. He was 80 years old. Hauta-aho wrote over 300 works for bass, making him one of the most prolific composers for the instrument of our times.
Emmett Chapman, known for his musical invention the Chapman Stick, has died from cancer. He was 85 years old. The news was announced on the Stick Enterprises website.
It’s another sad day in the bass community as we mourn the loss of Bill Conklin of Conklin Guitars. The renowned luthier was an innovator and pioneer in the world of extended range instruments.
Tommy DeBarge of the classic R&B band Switch has passed away after battling kidney and liver disease. He was 64 years old.
Deon Estus, best known for his work with Wham!, has passed away. He was 65 years old. The news was shared on his official Twitter account.
Steve Rabe, founder and chief engineer of SWR Engineering, has passed away, his family announced. He was 73 years old.
Former Status Quo bassist and founding member Alan Lancaster has died of complications from multiple sclerosis, the band’s management confirmed. He was 72 years old.
Bob Moore, whose enormous tone underpinned countless country hits, has passed away at the age of 88. Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young released a statement following the bass legend’s death.
Another jazz legend has left us. George Mraz, who played with everyone from Chet Baker to John Abercrombie, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 77 years old.
Roger Newell has passed away following an aortic aneurysm. He was 73 years old. Newell was best known for his work with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who shared memories of the bassist on his website.
Soul music legend Melvin Dunlap has passed away at the age of 76. The news was shared by his son, Lamont, on Facebook.