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In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

Sad news to report today: George Hawkins, Jr. has passed away after battling cancer for the past year. The bassist and vocalist was a seasoned member of the music community and worked with artists ranging from Jimmy Reed to Roger Waters to Michael McDonald, who shared his grief on Facebook. “Today I’m wrestling with the sad news that one of...

In Memoriam: Max Bennett

In Memoriam: Max Bennett

Sad news to report today: session bass legend Max Bennett, who worked with artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys to Frank Zappa, has passed away. He was 90 years old. Bennett grew up between Kansas City and Oskaloosa, Iowa. He had his first professional gig with Herbie Fields in 1949, after which he served in the Korean...

In Memoriam: Garry Lowe

In Memoriam: Garry Lowe

Bassist Garry Lowe, who played in Canada’s rock/reggae band Big Sugar, has passed way after a two year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. The new was shared by Gordie and Alex Johnson on the Big Sugar Facebook page. “We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” they wrote. “He was my greatest musical collaborator,...

In Memoriam: Richard Swift

In Memoriam: Richard Swift

More sad news today: Richard Swift, who toured with The Black Keys as their bassist, has passed away. He was 41 years old. Born in California to a musical family, Swift was a multi-instrumentalist and self-starter who began by experimenting with four-track cassette recorders. He launched a solo career in the early 2000s and quickly became a producer. He joined...

In Memoriam: Alan Longmuir

In Memoriam: Alan Longmuir

More sad news this week: Bay City Rollers founding bassist Alan Longmuir has passed away after a short illness. He was 70 years old. The news was announced by his family on Twitter. “We are devastated to share the news that Alan has passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart. He brought...

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In Memoriam: Steve Soto

In Memoriam: Steve Soto

Sad news to report today: punk rock mainstay Steve Soto has passed away. The Adolescents and Agent Orange bassist was 54 years old. A cause of death has not been announced. Bandmate Tony Reflex shared the news via Twitter. “With heavy heart I share the passing of Steve Soto, my friend and bandmate since 1979,” he wrote. “I don’t know...

In Memoriam: Wayne Secrest

In Memoriam: Wayne Secrest

Wayne Secrest, who founded the Southern rock back Confederate Railroad, has passed away. He was 68 years old. The news was shared on the band’s Facebook page. “It is with profound sorrow we announce that Wayne Secrest has passed away after a long illness,” they wrote “Wayne played bass with Confederate Railroad through the Johnny Paycheck and David Allan Coe...

In Memoriam: Caleb Scofield

In Memoriam: Caleb Scofield

Bassist and vocalist Caleb Scofield has passed away after a car accident in New Hampshire. He was 39 years old. Scofield played bass and sang for the metal bands Cave In, Old Man Gloom, and Zozobra. Scofield joined Cave in 20 years ago in 1998 – just three years after the band had formed – and was featured on all...

In Memoriam: Peter “Mars” Cowling

In Memoriam: Peter “Mars” Cowling

More sad news to report today: Peter “Mars” Cowling has passed away. He was 72 years old. Fellow bassist Rodney O’Quinn helped break the news on his Facebook page. “On behalf of The Cowling/Clark Family, with a heavy heart, the music world, and especially the bass community has lost another great one,” he wrote. “Peter “Mars” Cowling, best known as...

In Memoriam: Buell Neidlinger

In Memoriam: Buell Neidlinger

Sad news to report today: bassist Buell Neidlinger has passed away after a heart attack. He was 82 years old. Born in New York City, Neidlinger’s family moved to Westport, Connecticut when he was two years old. He was a prodigy on the cello, switching to bass at 13. He was a student of Count Basie Orchestra bassist Walter Page,...