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Best at Playing While Singing?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I was just playing along with some song from the first Graham Central Station CD like "Hair" "Ain't No Fun to Me" and "Can You Handle It?" and it just amazes me to think that Larry Graham played this stuff while singing lead. He has got to be one of the best ever at playing and singing. Who else would you guys list among the all time most coordinated?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Someone that never gets mentioned arouind here-

    George Hawkins of Kenny Loggins' "Feel The Fire" era band. The guy plays some nice syncopated, funky lines while singing harmony...and doing it LIVE!
  3. Nathan East for me.
  4. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    There's quite a few I can think of, but probably my favorite is John Wetton.
  5. Geddy, of course:-D
  6. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    I don't think he belongs on the "best" list, but I really liked some of Entwistle's vocals on early Who tracks and performances like "A Quick One" from Rock and Roll Circus. I think his voice was pretty shot by the 80s, but in the Who's early career he was very versatile and added alot to the cool Who sound.
  7. Futurebass


    Jun 22, 2005
    McCartney. His vocal lines and bass lines are totally independent. Chris Squire's no slouch in this department, either.
  8. Alan Gorrie from AWB.
  9. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    He may not have sang and played at the same time on the record. :D

    Here's two more: Will Lee and Sarah Lee.
  10. Check out Nefarious of MACABRE, he plays great and fast lines on his 6 string, while singing.
    Such guys are fascinating me. Cause there are so much bassists that are also singers and they play a lot less complicatet than the guitar-riffs really are. For ex. the Carcass singer/bass player or Tom aray of Slayer.
  11. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Music is a bit cheesy, but I respect Mark King. He does the pop vocalist thing rather well while laying down some crazy bass.

    I say Mark King because Mr. Poon beat me to Wetton.

    OOH and Sting... very syncopated bass and amazing vocals... at least in the Police.
  12. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Dude from Big Business is pretty good.
    The man who played Derek Smalls
    Greg Lake
    Nick Oliveri
    Dan Rathbum
    Phil Lynot
    Jason Newsted
  13. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee. ;)
  14. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Jack Bruce!! He plays fretless and sings (I mean, *really* sings) and both are always in tune!
  15. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Interesting to see that you mentioned Jason Newsted. Are his back-up vocals/basslines challenging to do? To me he just would not be an obvious choice when discussing bassists who are best at playing & singing. Is there any song(s) in particular that I should listen to?

    By the way, no disrespect to Jason Newsted or any of his fans.

    If I had to pick I would go with the following -

    Geddy Lee
    Paul McCartney
  16. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I've seen him play bass and sing lead on some songs, but I remember what they were. It's relative depending on your style.

    Which is "harder" to sing and play correctly? The Great Deceiver by King Crimson or Disposable Heros by Metallica.

    It's up to whatever style you are used to playing.

    That said, I find the more my left hand is moving is a constant ostinato, that it is easier to play and sing together. Add a rest in there somewhere and I would have to practice it for a few days.
  17. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Geddy. He's not singing just background stuff or an occasional song. Those are lead vocals with very active bass lines and synth triggers.
  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and Hamish Stuart from AWB.
  19. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Mark King's sense of rhythm is ridiculous, he is able to do very complex stuff at the same time as singing!

    Wetton and Sting were runners up, but y'all beat me to it.
  20. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    Sting and Phil Lynott.Both have quite difficult lines along with amazing singing