Favorite Bass Players who are also excellent vocalists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Marley's Ghost, Jan 2, 2004.

  1. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Some of us really struggle with plying bass and singing. So I have always admire those guys/girls who do it really well.

    John Wetton - KC
    Greg Lake - ELP
    Kasim Sultan - Todd Rundgren
    Jack Bruce - Cream
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Sting, and back in the day, McCartney.
  3. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Richard Bona - an amazing vocalist.

    Danyel Morgan (Robert Randolph and the Family Band)
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Raphael Sadiq
    El DeBarge
    Michael Henderson
  5. Funkee1


    Jul 19, 2002
    You stole my list!!

    Let me add

    Will Lee IV
    Nathan East
    Richard Page (Formerly of Mr. Mister)
    Mark King
    Jason Scheff (Chicago)
    Me Shell Ndegeocelo
    Mark Fowler (Well, I think I'm pretty good!)
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If you count outstanding backing vocals, you'd have to put Michael Anthony on the list. His voice is a big reason that Van Halen always sounds like Van Halen no matter who's singing.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    This thread is bassist-specific enough to fit well in the 'bassists' forum.

    good topic too.

    Jeff Berlin's not considered a vocalist, but he did sing on a lot of Bruford stuff. I don't think anyone considers him great, but he did a good job, considering the music.
  8. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Geddy Lee (Am I the first to mention him?)
    Tony Levin (For backups)
  9. notabob


    Sep 20, 2003
    cincinnati ohio
    i dont particurally like skillet, but john cooper from skillet is an excellent bassist and vocalist at the same time.
  10. I would say that Mike Dirnt's voice fits in really well for Green Day's backing vocals.

    Bryan from the 'Souls is pretty good, too!

    Sheryl Crow?

    But i guess, no one beats... HOPPUS!! :D
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Jason Newsted, if you like people who sing like Cookie Monster!
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The absolute best I've seen/heard is George Hawkins(Kenny Loggins band)...incredible harmonies + some funky/syncopated bass.

    Peter Cetera of Chicago is also up there, IMO.
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Only one mention of Geddy Lee? Well here's two.

    My favorite bassist and i like his singing as well.
  14. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Colin Hodgkinson: Excellent bassist who has a decent voice for tackling Robert Johnson and other blues tunes:

    RealAudio clip:'The Sliding Delta'
  15. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Somebody already mentioned Will Lee, so I'll add Neil Jason......another very soulful singing bassist.
  16. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
  17. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Geddy Lee
    Les Claypool
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'll be the fourth.

    I think that the reason that Geddy isn't mentioned much is because he is not everybody's cup of tea. But IMHO he is a very good vocalist, if you like his voice. It is amazing to listen to the first three albums and then compare the vocals from the more recent stuff. He has really become a very good vocalist, technically.

    And allow me to be the first to mention Doug Pinnick!!!