The ultimate bass players

by Kekkisguitars | created - 31 Oct 2011 | updated - 04 Nov 2011 | Public

Not a slug or a overhypted excusse. Chosen for talent only, not who they play for

1. Stanley Clarke

Composer | Boyz n the Hood

Four-time Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke has attained "living legend" status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out ...

2. Stuart Hamm

Actor | Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez

Stuart Hamm was born on February 8, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez (2012), Joe Satriani: Live at Montreux (2007) and Joe Satriani: Live in San Francisco (2002).

3. Billy Sheehan

Actor | Metalhead to Head

Billy Sheehan was born on March 19, 1953 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Metalhead to Head (2014), Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (2007) and An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story (2006).

4. Flea

Actor | Baby Driver

Michael Peter Balzary was born on the sixteenth of October 1962, in Melbourne, Australia. When he was four, his parents divorced and Michael, his sister Karen and his mother Patricia headed for New York; they didn't stay long and soon ended up in L.A. (in 1972), where his step-father, a jazz ...

5. Geddy Lee

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Geddy Lee is best known as the vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player for the rock group Rush, which also features drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson. Rush is the most successful Canadian music group in history, and is the third most prolific seller of consecutive (American) Gold and ...

6. Jaco Pastorius

Soundtrack | Shadows and Light

Jaco Pastorius was born on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA as John Francis Pastorius III. He was married to Ingrid Muller and Tracy. He died on September 21, 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

7. John Entwistle

Soundtrack | Tommy

John Entwistle was born on October 9, 1944 in Chiswick, London, England as John Alec Entwistle. He was married to Maxene Harlow and Alison Wise. He died on June 27, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

8. John Paul Jones

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

John Paul Jones was born on January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, Kent, England as John Baldwin. He has been married to Maureen Jones since 1967. They have three children.

9. Chris Squire

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Born in London on March 4, 1948, Chris Squire engaged in a highly musical childhood, including singing in St. Paul's distinguished youth choir. In 1968, he bumped into aspiring tenor vocalist Jon Anderson in a London bar, "La Chasse". They soon found that they shared similar ideas of how music ...

10. Bootsy Collins

Soundtrack | Undercover Brother

Bootsy Collins was born on October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as William Earl Collins. He has been married to Patti Collins since December 24, 1996.

11. Rudy Sarzo

Soundtrack | Office Christmas Party

Rudy Sarzo was born on November 18, 1950 in Cuba as Rudolfo Sarzo. He is an actor, known for Office Christmas Party (2016), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and Rudy Sarzo Rock Bass Essentials (2006).

13. Roger Glover

Soundtrack | Twister

Roger Glover was born on November 30, 1945 in Brecon, Powys, Wales.

14. Charles Mingus

Soundtrack | The Wolf of Wall Street

Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

15. Victor Wooten

Self | 2004 Jammys: The Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Victor Wooten was born on September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

16. Jeff Berlin

Music_department | Clare Fischer: Keep It in the Family

Jeff Berlin was born on January 17, 1953 in the USA. He is known for his work on Clare Fischer: Keep It in the Family (2005), The Old Grey Whistle Test (1971) and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus (1994).

18. Leland Sklar

Music_department | Playing by Heart

Leland Sklar was born on May 27, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Leland Bruce Sklar. He is known for his work on Playing by Heart (1998), Ticker (2001) and Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013).

19. Les Claypool

Music_department | Pig Hunt

Les Claypool was born on September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, USA as Leslie Edward Claypool. He is known for his work on Pig Hunt (2008), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008). He has been married to Cheney since 1995. They have two children.

20. Geezer Butler

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Geezer Butler was born on July 17, 1949 in Birmingham, England as Terence Butler. He is married to Gloria Butler.