1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

ABBA's bass player, holy....

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Blackjac97, Nov 15, 2019.


  1. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    I get a lot of my musical taste from what my parents listened to when I was growing up.

    My Mom has always loved ABBA, and I was listening to it often as young as 5 or 6, probably younger.

    Just recently, I had the urge to go out and pickup the ABBA Gold CD for myself. Sitting at work, giving it a casual listen, and...

    Holy $#!t, this bass player is an absolute monster. Listening to Lay All Your Love On Me literally while typing this, and I'm blown away. This guy has chops, taste... he runs the gamut of everything I love/am impressed by when I focus on a bass player.

    Been right there in front of me my whole life, yet only discovering now. Makes me want to go home and start playing along.
     
  2. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Do it! ABBA is good times. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    Sounds like P bass heaven, I've got Squier CV 60's that will go perfectly :D
     
    lizardking837 and handofseven like this.
  4. Shlabotnik

    Shlabotnik Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    NH
    Funny, I was just playing along to some Abba last night!! There's some good free notation out there for a lot of the big hits. SO much fun to play!!

    Anyone have any idea who the bassist was on those tracks? All the same? Varied?
     
    GKon likes this.
  5. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I've never told anyone this before, but one of my dreams is to play in an ABBA tribute band.

    There, I said it. :)
     
  6. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    Don't worry, you are among friends!
     
  7. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    abba-bass-player.PNG
     
    Gabbs, Mo cowbell, kobass and 35 others like this.
  8. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Rutger was an amazingly good player, tasteful,melodic,and varied.
    Check out the Abba song “One of Us”.
     
    Ikkir, SlimS, Engle and 2 others like this.
  9. Shlabotnik

    Shlabotnik Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    NH
    Totally! So creative and groovy...
     
    woodyng2 likes this.
  10. ScottsTheLimit

    ScottsTheLimit SUSPENDED

    Sep 3, 2018
    Is there ANY better name in the world than RUTGER GUNNARSSON???????
     
    danesdad, Loring, kobass and 18 others like this.
  11. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Welcome to the party. Gunnarsson was a fantastic player.
    I assume you already know of Joe Osborn?
     
    Engle, Hammerfield and dramatwist like this.
  12. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    Rather than google it and cheat, I'll just admit it and say no I don't off the top of my head. What band?
     
  13. ahc

    ahc

    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Probably the most recorded session bassist ever. His credits include Simon and Garfunkel, The Carpenters and...

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Travelin’ Man - 1
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring - 1
    1965 - Barry Maguire - Eve Of Destruction - 1
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Monday Monday - 1
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town - 1
    1967 - Association - Windy - 1
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues - 1
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Dizzy - 1
    1970 - Carpenters - Close To You - 1
    1970 - Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rose - 1
    1970 - Partridge Family - I Think I Love You - 1
    1970 - Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1
    1972 - Helen Reddy - I Am Woman - 1
    1973 - Carpenters - Top Of The World - 1
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn – 1
    1974 - Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman – 1

    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Memphis - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Count Me In - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Save Your Heart For Me - 2
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Dedicated To The One I Love - 2
    1968 - Association - Never My Love - 2
    1968 - Richard Harris - Macarthur Park - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - Superstar - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun - 2
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - One Less Bell To Answer - 2
    1971 - Carpenters - Rainy Days And Mondays - 2
    1972 - Carpenters - Hurting Each Other - 2
    1973 - Carpenters - Yesterday Once More - 2
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – 2

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man - 3
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ - 3
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Stone Soul Picnic - 3
    1968 - Monkees - Valleri - 3
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - Little Women - 3
    1971 - Carpenters - For All We Know - 3
    1973 - Carpenters - Sing - 3
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Leave Me Alone – 3

    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown - 4
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin’ - 4
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - San Francisco - 4
    1974 - America - Tin Man - 4
    1975 - Carpenters - Only Yesterday – 4

    1962 - Rick Nelson - Teenage Idol - 5
    1962 - Rick Nelson – Young World - 5
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Words Of Love - 5
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Creeque Alley - 5
    1968 - Grass Roots - Midnight Confession - 5
    1968 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In - 5
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Julie - Do You Love Me - 5
    1974 - Neil Diamond - Longfellow Serenade - 5
    1975 - America - Lonely People - 5
    1977 – Kenny Rogers - Lucille – 5

    1962 - Rick Nelson - It’s Up To You - 6
    1964 - Rick Nelson – For You - 6
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - I Saw Her Again - 6
    1966 - Tommy Roe - Hurray For Hazel - 6
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Ruby - 6
    1969 - Neil Diamond - Holly Holy - 6
    1970 - Barbra Streisand - Stoney End - 6
    1972 - Johnny Rivers - Rockin’ Pneumonia - 6
    1971 - Partridge Family - Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted – 6

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Seventh Son - 7
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Up Up And Away - 7
    1969 - Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer - 7
    1971 - Tommy Roe - Stagger Lee - 7
    1972 - Carpenters - Goodbye To Love – 7

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Green Grass - 8
    1968 - Boyce & Hart - I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonight - 8
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Jam Up - Jelly Tight - 8
    1972 - America - Ventura Highway - 8
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Didn’t Get To Sleep At All - 8
    1975 - Helen Reddy - No Way To Treat A Lady – 8

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Hello Mary Lou - 9
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Mountain Of Love - 9
    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be The Same - 9
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - La La La - 9
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Easy Come Easy Go - 9
    1971 - Grass Roots - Sooner Or Later - 9
    1971 - Partridge Family - I’ll Meet You Halfway - 9
    1973 - Art Garfunkel - All I Know - 9
    1973 - B.W. Stevenson - My Maria - 9
    1974 - Helen Reddy - You And Me Against The World - 9
    1975 - Austin Roberts - Rocky - 9
    1978 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again - 9
    1982 - Sylvia - Nobody – 9

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Tracks Of My Tears - 10
    1968 - Association – Everything That Touches You - 10
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Arizona - 10
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - If I Could Reach You - 10
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Nights Are Forever – 10

    1961 - Rick Nelson - A Wonder Like You - 11
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Somethin’s Burnin’ - 11
    1974 - Carpenters - I Won’t Last A Day Without You - 11

    1963 - Rick Nelson - Fools Rush In - 12
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Maybelle - 12
    1968 - Cass Elliott - Dream A Little Dream - 12
    1971 – Fifth Dimension - Never My Love - 12
    1972 - Carpenters - It’s Going To Take Some Time - 12
    1972 - Austin Roberts - Something’s Wrong With Me - 12
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Peaceful - 12
    1976 - Carpenters - There’s A Kind Of Hush – 12

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - My Heart Symphony - 13
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Sweet Blindness - 13
    1971 - Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How To Love Him - 13
    1972 - Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning - 13

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Summer Rain - 14

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Paint Me A Picture - 15
    1969 - Grass Roots - I’d Wait A Million Years - 15
    1971 - Grass Roots - Temptation Eyes - 15
    1974 - Helen Reddy - Keep On Singing – 15

    1961 - Rick Nelson – Ever Lovin’ - 16
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Go Where You Wanna Go - L 6
    1971 - Grass Roots - Two Divided By Love - 16
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - Cry Like A Baby - 16
    1981 - Carpenters - Touch Me When We’re Dancin’ – 16

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You - 17
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tell It All Brother - 17
    1975 - Carpenters - Solitaire – 17

    1976 - Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You – 18

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Muddy Water - 19
    1968 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Sealed With A Kiss - 19
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - But You Know I Love You - 19
    1970 - Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back - 19
    1971 - Fifth Dimension - Love Lines Angels & Rhymes - 19
    1976 - Helen Reddy - Somewhere In The Night - 19
    1982 - Michael Murphy - What’s Forever For – 19

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Midnight Special - 20
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Twelve Thirty - 20
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Workin’ On A Groovy Thing - 20
    1970 - Michael Parks - Long Lonesome Highway - 20
    1972 - Partridge Family - It’s One Of Those Nights - 20
    1977 - Olivia Newton John - Sam – 20

    1967 – Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Where Will Words Come From - 21
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Blowing Away - 21
    1977 – England Dan & John Ford Coley - It’s Sad To Belong – 21

    1975 - Helen Reddy - Emotion – 22

    1967 - Grass Roots - Things I Should Have Said - 23
    1967 - Tommy Roe - It’s Now Winter’s Day - 23
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Try A Little Kindness - 23
    1977 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Gone Too Far - 23

    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Look Through My Window - 24
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - Like An Old Time Movie - 24
    1969 - Grass Roots – Heaven Knows - 24
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Puppet Man - 24
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Hey Mr. Sun – 24

    1963 - Rick Nelson - String Along - 25
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - California Soul - 25
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Silver Bird – 25

    1976 - Carpenters - I Need To Be In Love - 26
    1964 - Rick Nelson - The Very Thought Of You - 26
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Where Have All The Flowers Gone - 26
    1967 - Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - 26
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Glad To Be Unhappy - 26
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Where’s The Playground Suzie - 26
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Reuben James - 26

    1968 - Boyce & Hart - Alice Long - 27
    1970 - Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream - 27
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Save The Country – 27

    1966 - Grass Roots - Where Were You When I Needed You - 28
    1969 - Grass Roots - Bella Linda - 28
    1972 - Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – 28

    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Carpet Man - 29
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Heather Honey - 29
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - The Drum – 29

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Morning - 30
    1969 - Cass Elliott - It’s Getting Better – 30

    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang – Makin’ Every Minute Count - 31
    1969 - Grass Roots - The River Is Wide - 31
    1971 - Glen Campbell - Dream Baby - 31
    1974 - Albert Hammond - I’m A Train – 31

    1970 - John Philips - Mississippi - 32
    1973 - Fifth Dimension – Living Together, Growing Together - 32
    1977 - Carpenters - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – 32

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Under Your Spell Again - 33
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Heed The Call - 33
    1976 - Olivia Newton John - Don’t Stop Believin’ – 33

    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Paper Cup - 34
    1972 - Grass Roots - Glory Bound - 34
    1973 - Neil Diamond - Be - 34
    1974 - Art Garfunkel - Second Avenue – 34

    1969 - Glen Campbell – True Grit - 35
    1970 - Grass Roots - Baby Hold On - 35
    1973 - America - Don’t Cross River - 35
    1975 - Helen Reddy - Bluebird - 35
    1977 - Carpenters - All You Can Get From Love – 35

    1968 - Glen Campbell - I Want To Live - 36
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Let It Be Me - 36
    1969 - Cass Elliott - Make Your Own Kind Of Music – 36

    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Together Let’s Find Love – 37

    1974 - Art Garfunkel - I Shall Sing - 38
    1975 - Johnny Rivers - Blue Suede Shoes – 38

    1967 - Boyce & Hart - Out And About - 39
    1968 - Association - Time For Lovin’ - 39
    1968 - Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind - 39
    1972 - Grass Roots – The Runaway - 39
    1973 - Partridge Family - Look Through The Eyes Of Love – 39

    1966 - The Turtles - You Baby - 40
     
  14. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    Looks like I've got some work cut out for me!
     
    nixdad, DrMole, lat and 7 others like this.
  15. Wait... I thought that was Chic! :D
     
  16. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    You do, but you will know most of the songs, and a lot of the bass parts will be 'somehow familiar'.
    YMMV, but despite the genre gulf, I think Gunnarsson and Osborn were cut from the same cloth in how they approached the electric bass.
     
    JMacBass65, DrMole, lat and 3 others like this.
  17. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    Maine
    It's been a long time since I've really felt inspired to go practice and have something I want to learn. Maybe studying these two will help me get some of my old flame back.
     
    JMacBass65, Engle, lat and 5 others like this.
  18. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Almost certainly.
     
    dramatwist and akrachanko like this.
  19. Nothing grows you as a musician like playing stuff that you find amazing.

    I took the wife to a dinner theater production of Mamma Mia! just last week, mostly for her, but I enjoyed it as well. Of all the light pop chick play cliche comments you can think of, there is tremendous talent behind those songs and recordings. I've always been a big fan.

    So nice we can all come out of the closet now. :thumbsup: TB safe space.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.