Just the best. Good bass is down there holding the sound together not up in the treble trying to play lead on bass and muddying the whole thing. Jerry Scheff should be there. Where is Felix Pappalardi from Mountain? Gospel singer and songwriter who attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with a… Dorothy Moore 35,429 listeners What about Peter Steele of Type O Negative? Graham Maby…and Garry Tallent is underrated. Another one bites the dust? ‘cept sting, paul & JPJones. The five member singing group was started in 1952 by friends who attended Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois, near Chicago. I’m sorry, but any Top 50 list of bass players that has Flea in the top 3 has absolutely ZERO credibility!! Kim Deal? ), Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Chuck Rainey (did some great work with Steely Dan), Colin Moulding (XTC) and Pete Quaife (The Kinks) to name but a few? While it’s hard to pass on Jaco, Mingus, Entwistle and Jack Cassady, I have to go with the groove master…Donald Duck Dunn. He could make a fretless talk. I hold nothing against the famous band bass players , I love their stuff but this list is not correct. John Myung from Dream Theater, Billy Sheehan from Steve Vai’s Band, and Stu Hamm.. Who makes up these list? Roger Waters better than Stanley Clarke or Tony Levin? Here we take a look at 10 favorite jazz vocals albums in 2019 that stood out: Tierney Sutton Band – ScreenPlay. Oteil Burbridge formerly of the Allman Brothers and Tedeschi Trucks Band is a bad man. I have had to re-appraise John Entwistle. One of the most awesome bassists ever. You missed Mel Schacher (Grand Funk), who ruled the bottom end… and Chris Squire at #15? Dave Allen Gang of Four – Crazy funky driving bass. To me Jack Bruce will always the BEST. Dusty Hill and Tommy Shannon deserve a spot on the list as well. Not many people could have battle sessions with “GOD” like he did.. R.I.P. I’m sure he would agree with me. Jack Casady, Rick Danko, and Andy Fraser are the obvious omissions but one of the best I ever saw was Mike Mesaros of the Smithereens. Looking for more? Later, he became one of the first rock bassists to lead a combo under his own name. Without a doubt John Entwisel! Should be #1. Francis Rocco Prestia from Tower of Power And that may not have even been his best work from a very versatile career. You will have to wait a long time before the next one comes around. Without Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Buddy Guy, Clapton and Page would just be a couple of guitar players. He should be number 1. Entwistle- Top?-NAH. I thought that Jaco might be a little higher and I agree with Cris. I also agree that Jack Casady is a glaring omission, and people seem to be underrating Paul McCartney’s contributions just because of his high profile as a Pop musician. Jah Wobble is worth a mention also. OK all you young people – Where is JET HARRIS ??? Jack Casady formerly of the Jefferson Airplane and now Hot Tuna should be in the top ten without question. Walter Page needs to be here. i didnt see Justin Chancellor o this list. !’?- and Bill wyman,s in there.., oops! Only American and English people are Musicians all around the world! He would still be on this list, I think, without being in the Beatles, and probably be regarded better as a pure player. Seriously? It’s all subjective. Why no Andy Faser? Weather Report? Are you serious…John Entwhistle overated……have you listened to the original Quadraphenia. Jerry Penrod is the original bassist of Iron Butterfly and one of the best I ever heard, better than 95% of this list. I don’t know who was surveyed and how you judged the meaning of best, but bassist number 12 through 32 would eat numbers 1 through 9 for lunch. Faltou o saudoso Gary Than(ex-Uriah Heep); o baixista do Grand Funk Railroad; o baixista e vocalista da banda Robin Trower; entre outros. The melodic, percussive and vibrant sound he had was great. …enough said. Nice effort, but Gerry McAvoy certainly belongs in the top 50. ALPHONSO JOHNSON … ETC. Greg Lake is missing,also Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention,Jethro Tull),who called Stanley Clarke a fake. The dude from Iron Maiden can’t hold a candle to bassists like Bruce Thomas from the Attractions. Dominic da Piazza and Ransome Knowling both sing for me, but the man who has utterly redefined the modern form of the instrument is Barry Guy. He was amazing. This is not a list of the best 50 bass players, but a list of ‘famous’ bass players. Check this out: http://www.laweekly.com/music/carol-kaye-is-the-greatest-bass-player-you-probably-never-heard-of-5499694. All you need mention about Chris Squire is listen to “Sound Chaser” to see how versatile he is, or anything by Geezer Butler to see that he’s an inventive genius. Jamerson at 19? It didn’t matter. True! Jamerson for example, influenced many of the players listed above him. Lake, Papallardi, Larry Taylor, Gerry MacAvoy an a long etc…. He played chords. 5.) Good list but there’s a couple i’d put in they would be Gary Thain and Tal Wilkenfeld. this list ain’t worth squat without jack. all these lists have a very high Anglosaxon (Am/Brit) content. Tony Levin has intrigued me from the earliest King Crimson and Peter Gabriel days. I’m not a musician, just a avid rock consumer of 40+ years. For me it’s a tie for 1st: Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Felix Papilardi, Jack Cassidy, and Greg Lake. This list is a joke. Though he was a big guy, you could barely see the Duck’s fingers move on the strings, even when he was playing with rockers like Neil Young or Eric Clapton. The list is composed of just super famous and frontmen. Cream? Jack Casady’s four-decade conversation with Jorma Kaukonen in Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna has never been less than eloquent. Or famous? No Jonas Hellborg, Percy Jones, Stuart Hamm, Tal Wilkenfeld, or John Patitucci? Edwards is worthy of the top spot, actually. Both played with Pat Metheny at various times. Jet Harris is one of the greatest of all time …, Wow, cool. Why isn’t Abe there? He also played with Hendrix – albeit posthumously, on the studio-created Crash Landing. This is INSANE. And Jojo Garza. Fantastic Bass player… not even mentioned, Milt Hinton was known to his peers and many descendants as “The Dean of Jazz Bassists.”, You can always nit-pick with a list like this, and this one is not bad, but Israel “Cachao” Lopez was also a huge influence on other musicians in many genres and seems like a major omission. Can’t believe John Lodge of the Moody Blues wasn’t included on this list. Victor Wooden learned from him . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb5KHXW48uI. Bottom line is the groove and Jaco is the one. Check out his solo around the 2:17 mark of this terrific live video: http://youtu.be/LwFR5fjs8m4. A list of 50 top bass players without Jack Casady is unthinkable! They’d blow about 80% of the guys on this list right off stage! He’s been the rock solid backbone of the best rock band of the last 30 years, yet he gets zero recognition. Only room for 50??!!! 3. Why not include John Wetton; King Crimson!, Greg Lake; ELP, RON CARTER Mile Davis, etc!!! I DO BELEINE THAT YOU MAY MAKE AN OTHER LIST . Not a good list at all. I’d put him in the top 3. Phil Lesh way to low. Though he began recording much earlier, Bob Babbitt really shone during Motown’s psychedelic era, where he brought some Hendrix consciousness into the later Temptations records. i don´t see Trevor Horn there, is this because he his better producer? and no Charlie Haden is a travesty. Perpetually overlooked in Genesis, Mike Rutherford came up with one of prog’s most lyrical basslines on ‘In That Quiet Earth’, from their Wind & Wuthering album. Hello?? Too many really good bass players not on the list. The Motown original Funk Brothers. “Going Home”-My favorite Bass Riff of all time. Tim Bogert Getty. Top five Personal choice is just that ….personal. Great list. but my favorites were in the Top 10. Haahahaha Roger Waters better than Charles Mingus hauahauhauhauahauhauhaa!!!!! He played with Conway Twitty, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Crosby & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ry Cooder, J. J. Cale, Mother Earth, Lonnie Mack, Miles Davis, B.B. Sat in the pocket between two of the best lead guitarists ever. Such longevity leads to the production of remarkable thematic projects. I agree, she is a class to herself. and at NUMBER ONE…. come on man on of the most signature bass lines goin’ in “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Boring I don’t get from it. No mention of Bob Babbitt whatsoever, no Chuck Rainey, no Anthony Jackson, no Abraham Laboriel, no Freddie Washington, no Andy Rourke, no Mick Karn, I could go on and on…. Mel changed the way bass players held the bottom and also added great phrasing. Must be the top 50 bassists over 50. I want some of what y’all are drinking!! I’m not claiming to be the best in the world. No Percy Jones, Ray Shulman or John Wetton???? .. Paul McCartney? Bill Black basically invented R’n’R bass playing in ’56. Loved the depth of many of the comments, going to have to buy some more music-very informative. I can’t believe that Marcus Miller was omitted from this list. 1.) Ive done both. No one even considers someone like Dusty Hill but he has made an indelible mark on history none the less. Female bassists stopped being pigeonholed as a novelty the minute she picked up the instrument. Carol Kaye is an unsung bassist, & like you say Jack Bruce is a multi-instrumentalist, classically trained. They play with their FEET while ripping it up on the organ. The rest of the list needs a serious re-shuffle. Victor IS great, but he certainly is NOT better than Sheehan, Myung, or Hamm…. I agree with Bruce, McCartney, Jones and Entwistle, the other six could be replaced with at least ten of the remainging forty and some who did not make the list. Greg Ridley from Humble Pie and Spooky Tooth, Mel Schacher from Grand Funk, Pete Way from UFO, Andy Fraser from Free, Martin Turner from Wishbone Ash, Pete Agnew from Nazareth, Harvey Brooks of The Doors, Electric Flag, and Super Session, Francis Bucholtz of The Scorpions, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, Noel Reading, and Billy Cox with Jimi Hendrix, Rick Danko of The Band, Jim Kale of The Guess Who, John Myong of Dream Theatre, Robert DeLeo of STP, etc…a top 50 list is too debatable! John Paul Jones better than JACK BRUCE — my ass. Nobody heard of Nathan East?Who made this list? Check out some of his music if you like jazz. The first 4-5 Chicago albums were stellar and he was a damned good player back then. Where are those names ? And Peter Cowling. Not Palladino! I’m sorry, but is this list the work of a complete lunatic?? Impressive as Jack Bruce’s own parts were, he also gets credit for the leads he pushed Eric Clapton to play. This guys surely can play anything. Geddy Lee. She is very high on my list as well. Tina Weymouth? Lemmy nr. The guy is a genius. Having grown up in the 60’s I agree with Jack Bruce and John Entwistle – However I agree that Leon Wilkeson should definitely be on the list – what he did on base for Lynyrd Skynyrd is beyond belief and to not be included – criminal. If it were me, guys like Billy Sheehan would be farther up the list, but that doesn’t mean he’s more important than Paul, Geezer, or Geddy. Died at the age of 84, according to Marshall Thompson of … I think if you asked the majority of still living bassists on the list they would say Entwistle was the best as most of them were highly influenced by him. Died January 2019 . What about Paul Dean (Jerusalem), one of the innovators of what later became Metal, Doom and Stoner. She came up with the bass lines & performed on famous hits: the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”; the Righteous Brothers’ “You Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Soul and Inspiration”; Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe”; Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright”; and “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” by Simon and Garfunkel. These are all great players, I don’t think you could or should put them in an order of best to worst. Where’s Les Claypool from Primus and Mushroom Head?!!! Although NO is so obvious answer. 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