In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2011
January 1, 2011
Charles Fambrough, jazz bassist. Fambrough’s credits include working with Grover Washington, Jr., Airto Moreira, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, and more.
January 4, 2011
Mick Karn, former Japan bassist. Karn’s fretless bass and interesting, angular playing style left an impression on bassists around the world.
January 7, 2011
Phil Kennemore, bassist for Y&T.
February 26, 2011
Mark Tulin, bassist for the Electric Prunes. Tulin also spent time playing with the Smashing Pumpkins, including recording parts for the group’s latest project, Teargaren by Kaleidyscope.
March 5, 2011
Mark Adams, bassist for ’70s funk/R&B group Slave. Adams’ lines turned the bass world on its ear, and inspired many players through the generations.
March 8th, 2011
Mike Starr was best known for his work with Alice in Chains, starting with the band’s formation in 1987, and playing with them until 1993. Starr was reported to be working with his new band in 2010, Days of the New, but this was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 44.
March 18, 2011
Jet Harris, bassist for the Shadows. Harris is credited as the first British bass guitarist and was even given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Fender for popularizing the instrument in Britain.
April 20, 2011
Gerard Smith, bassist for TV on the Radio.
June 30, 2011
Jess Oliver, bass amp innovator and former vice president of Ampeg. Oliver designed the B-15 combo amp, which was used for countless recordings by James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, and many more.
July 11, 2011
Rob Grill, bassist and vocalist for The Grass Roots.
August 7, 2011
Marshall Grant, country bassist and member of Johnny Cash’s backing duo The Tennessee Two. Grant is credited as being an integral part of creating the “boom-chicka-boom” sound that shaped country and rockabilly styles.
August 25, 2011
Laurie McAllister, Runaways bassist. McAllister was the sixth and final bassist in the all-female rock band who listed her time in the band as the “best job ever.”
September 10, 2011
Graham Collier, jazz bassist and composer. Collier was the first British graduate from Berklee School of Music and became a renowned music educator.
October 8, 2011
Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist. A member of the band from 1998-2001, Welsh appeared on their self-titled green album before resigning due to the rigors of touring and eventually turned to visual art.
November 28, 2011
Ingrid Pastorius, former wife of the late Jaco Pastorius. While not a bassist herself, Ingrid was a favorite among Jaco fans, and a friend to us here at No Treble. Ingrid maintained her own Jaco tribute site and was active on Facebook, sharing, encouraging and doing her thing to keep Jaco’s memory alive.
Dan “Bee” Spears
December 8, 2011
Dan “Bee” Spears, longtime bassist for Willie Nelson. Spears joined Nelson’s band in the late ’60s and kept with him ever since.
December 24, 2011
Jody Rainwater, bluegrass bassist and early member of the Foggy Mountain Boys with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.