We’re sad to report that another icon of the electric bass has left us. ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away in his sleep, the band stated on their website. He was 72 years old.
Jazz bassist Arthur “Juini” Booth has passed away after his health deteriorated following a fall at home last month. He was 73 years old.
Jazz bassist and Mahavishnu Orchestra member Rick Laird has passed away. He was 80 years old. Tributes have been pouring in from musicians around the world, including his former bandmate Billy Cobham.
Bass great Juan Nelson has passed away at the age of 62. A cause of death has not been announced. Nelson is best known for his unrelenting grooves with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Harper posted about his passing on social media.
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.
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.
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.
We’re sad to share that Brazilian bass great Sérgio Brandão has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 65 years old.
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.
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.
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.
Bassist and music director Douglas Grigsby has passed away from complications following a stroke he had in September. He was 57 years old.