Hello, whoever stumbles upon this. This is the Bass Player Hall of Fame. Feel free to list a bassist that deserves an honorable mention, include why they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, their band, there basses, and songs that show there talent at its best. I will review all comments, and add any bass players I feel that do deserve to bee in the hall of fame. Bass Player Hall of Fame Justin Chancellor - TOOL - Has some of the most creative bass riffs in the modern music industry, also use an interesting array of effects which tremendously add to the bands's sound - Basses: Wal - Songs: Schism, Jambi, Rosetta Stoned, and Jimmy John Entwistle - The Who - He made the bass his own, and also used many different playing styles in his music (tapping, slapping, picking...) - Basses: Fender, Rickenbacker, Albemic, Warwick - Songs: My Generation, 5:15, any one of his live solos Jaco Pastorius - Weather Report/Solo Artist - His amazing skill level makes him one of the most influential bassists of all times - Basses: Fretless Fender Jazz - Song: Crisis Les Claypool - Primus/Solo Artist - Although his style is too wired for most people, his music is either fast, or complex, often times a mix of both. On top of that, he sings too, which is like trying to sing while playing a solo. This is what makes him hall of fame material - Basses: Carl Thompson, Fender, Eko, Zeta, NS, Kramer, Rickenbacker,Tune Songs: Jerry was a Racecar Driver, Tommy the Cat (Live), Eleven Colin Greenwood - Radiohead - He delivers some of the most emotional and creative bass lines in the business, from the simple, yet full of emotion ring-modulated bassline for All I Need, to the powerful fuzzed-up bass in Exit Music (For a film) - Basses: Fender, MM Stingray - Songs: Exit Music (For a Film), All I Need, 15 Step, Airbag, Bones Michael Balzary (Flea) - Red Hot Chili Peppers - His creative use of the slap and pop technique in an alt-band makes his basslines very interesting (not to mention his very fast improv solos) - Basses: Wal, Modulus, Fender Songs: Naked in the Rain, Funky Monks, Tell Me Baby, Nobody Weird Like Me Cliff Burton - Metallica - Cliff is metal's most influental bassist, for his use of distortion and the wah pedal, and his very fast playing. RIP - Basses: Rickenbacker, Aria Pro - Songs: Anesthesia(Pulling Teeth), For Whom the Bell Tolls Juan Alderete - The Mars Volta - His solo-like basslines and wide use of affects make his music origional... not to mention it's all in odd time signatures too - Basses: Vintage Fender, Lakland - Songs: Day of the Baphomets, Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt John Myung - Dream Theater - He has created some of the fastest and complex basslines of all time, virtuosic - Basses: Yamaha, MM Bongo, Chapman Stick - Songs: Dance of Eternity, Panic Attack, Instrumedley Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Beck, Nine Inch Nails - Creates great basslines, can play many different styles of music, and uses his effects in interesting ways - Basses: Has 3 dozen he uses reguarly Songs: anything off of the album Midnight Vultures Tony Levin - King Crimson/Solo Artist - Virtuosic bass player, pioneered the Chapman Stick and Funk Fingers - Chapman Stick, many others - Songs: Pieces of the Sun, Elephant Talk, Discipline Geddy Lee - Rush - Very creative basslines in odd time signatures, plus he also sings - Fender, Wal, Steinberger, Rickenbacker - Songs: YYZ, 2112, Tom Sawyer Will Lee - many artists - very creative blues basslines, has great improv solos - Basses: Fender - Songs: Frosty Chris Squire - Yes - Shows what pickin' on a Rick can do, very interesting basslines - Basses: Rickenbacker - Songs: Roundabout, On the Silent Wings of Freedom, Astral Traveller James Jamerson - He had a contract as a session bassist with motown records for over 2 decades, and he went uncredited for most of the 60s and 70s. He has featured on more records than the beatles and was arguably one of the finest bass players of the era - Basses: Fender - Songs- Signed sealed I'm your's(Stevie Wonder) Whats going on(Marvin Gaye) John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin bassist and multi instrumentalist, he was surprisingly the one who came up with most of Zeppelins riffs, his laid back style and use of chromatic fills and runs has made led Zeps music a lot more enjoyable - Basses: Fender, Ibanez, Albemic - songs- Good Times Bad Times, Celebration Day Billy Sheehan - many bands - Perhaps the fastest bassist ever, this is what happens when you put a shredder on a bass - Basses: Hagström, Yamaha - Songs: All of his live solos Stu Hamm - Joe Satriani/Solo Artist - virtuosic smooth playing style, very beautiful basslines - Basses: Fender Songs: Flow my Tears the Policeman Said Rob Trujillo - Metallica/Infectious Grooves/Black Label Society Metallica's new bassist really proves himself on Death Magnetic with his well thought and trebley basslines - Basses: Fernandes, Zon, Fender, Yamaha, Rickenbacker - Songs: Jungle Essence, Suicide & Redemption Victor Wooten - SMV/etc. - Known for his virtuosic playing style, whammy bar incorporation, and playing harmonics off of the fretboard - Basses: Fodera - Songs: anything he plays is godly. Stanley Clarke - One of the pioneering bass players of the 1970s. Has worked with many artists such as Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, and George Duke. Has impressive solo catalog and several film soundtrack credits. Excels on electric and upright bass. Essential Albums: Stanley Clarke- School Days, Return To Forever- Romantic Warrior Please feel free to make suggestions.