ever heard of Barry Sullivan?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by hanx, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. I’m wondering how famous/notorious Barry Sullivan is? I just met his son in a bar.

    I’ve never heard him (or even heard of him), but i tend to listen to only new Aussie stuff, old British stuff, and weird German stuff... so Aussie stuff from before i was born isn't in my zone.
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Nope! :meh:
  3. bodzhar


    Dec 28, 2012
    I have!

    He was to me without doubt the best bass player in Australia in the 70s.

    He inspired me to start playing bass after I saw him in the first line up of Ross Wilson's Mondo Rock around 1977 where he completely mesmerised me with his time and pulse . He was possibly the first to really master funk bass in oz. Heres a link to live performance with the Renee Geyer band in the mid 70s. Check out his work with Chain too
  4. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago (I think). He replaced George McArdle in The Little River Band in '79 or '80, at least in the studio and appeared on "First under the wire".
  5. Cracked Gnome

    Cracked Gnome

    Feb 15, 2021
    BG, between Renee & LRB had a 5 night a week residency at Lennon’s Hotel. He and the band had monster groove. Barry had a unique sound and feel - you could tell him a mile away, on record & live. Young and naive, I thought the “sound” came from his custom made amp with a huge graphic eq. One night it blew up. I went home and got my Vase Dynabass 60watt, with treble, bass and bass boost, to loan him until his was fixed.

    He sounded EXACTLY the same!

    It was in his fingers.

    Sadly missed.
  6. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    Barry was a great, great player. Check out the closing credits to the old Australian biker movie "Stone" - Barry is all over it.

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