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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 13, 2021.
Actually, Roy started using it at shows right away and was roundly booed by the audience !
And Monk did NOT want to play the electric bass. Hampton told him he's pay his fare back home if Monk didn't want to play electric. So Monk decided he would play the electric.
Yep; my bad. Faulty memory.
Exactly, but I think a post from a Tutmarc family member would satisfy me in this case, or at least be interesting to see. Seems like when you invent a new instrument you'd want to showcase it it as fully as possible, as Mr. Fender clearly did a decade or so later with what he may well have thought was his new invention, and most of us would say still was in some ways. All respect to Leo Fender for getting that done in any case!
Breakdowns were the bass solos of some genres and earlier times.
So I suppose one could discuss what constitutes a bona fide bass solo, but I'd argue it varies by the times and genres it was played in. I think this would hold true for all instruments; Parker and Bird would have gotten the boot out of erlier swing jazz bands, etc.
Believe me I know how it is.
Too bad his brother George wasn’t there.
Not likely, Pappalardi was an east coast guy, and Town Hall Party was straight outta Compton. But who knows?
I'm sure you know this but actually during the 50's it was just called an EB, they didn't call it an EB-1 until they reissued it due to its popularity rising again because of Felix Pappalardi.
That Fontella Bass record is great, I loved it when it was new and still do, listening to it again after all these years I realize how close her voice was to Aretha Franklin's and also how close the production was to her stuff but it was on Chess records so nothing to do with Atlantic or Columbia.
The 1956 EB from Little Richard's band, owned by Olsie Robinson just sold for 16 grand:
OLSIE ROBINSON OF LITTLE RICHARD'S BAND THE UPSETTERS 1956 GIBSON ELECTRIC BASS ["EB"] GUITAR
There were notorious bass solos by Jet Harris with The Shadows.
I don't know if it was the earliest but it was early.
Nivram was recorded in 1960 with a very solid solo on the bridge.
That was a very nice solo indeed!
Jet Harris also was one of the first to use effects on bass, reverb and tremolo mostly.
Wow! That bass fuzz solo really popped out of left field! It sounded like a trombone!
Yeah this fuzz is incredible.
Also not the oldest (1969) just a fine example of early bass solo with fuzz.
Would have been helpful if you specified the earlier top 40 hit. ("My Generation," if that's what you had in mind, evidently made it to no. 74.)
Yes! I was similarly shocked at the clarity of the recording---sure didn't sound that way on AM radio. (Fingers crossed that the original Captain Beefheart Safe As Milk album tapes turn up for remastering while I'm still alive to hear the result.)
I never said a word about a top forty hit. If that had been the case, I would not have been talking about Monk Montgomery in my first post.
I called Doug Tutmarc for you today but he wasn't home I'l let you know what he says........
The First Electric Bass Guitar Player
Published on February 17, 2020
Who was the first electric bass guitar player? It might have been Lorraine Tutmarc…
In the early 1930s, Seattle musician, singer and inventor Paul Tutmarc had developed a pickup and used it to create a solid-body electric lap-steel Hawaiian guitar. This was similar to the ‘frying pan’ guitar developed by George Beauchamp, which was later manufactured by Rickenbacker, but Tutmarc’s design was perhaps more visually pleasing. He’d also been working on an electric double bass for a few years, and like Vega, Regal, Gibson, Rickenbacker and Dobro, Tutmarc’s designs had been focused on reducing the size of the instrument to about the proportions of a ‘cello.
Paul’s son, Bud Tutmarc recalls:
“My dad, being a bandleader and traveling musician, always felt sorry for the string bass player as his instrument was so large that once he put it in his car, there was only enough room left for him to drive. The other band members would travel together in a car and have much enjoyment being together while the bass player was always alone. That is the actual idea that got my father into making an electric bass. The first one he hand-carved out of solid, soft white pine, the size and shape of a cello. This was in 1933.”
The instrument he created was unfretted and designed to be played vertically like a double bass (see photo below).
Tutmarc’s ‘Electric Bass Fiddle’ 1933. Credit: Seattle Post Intelligencer/Bud Tutmarc
The ‘electric bass fiddle’ was not a commercial success, but Tutmarc was determined to develop his ideas further.
He used his ‘Audiovox’ electric Hawaiian guitar design as the template for an electric bass guitar and by 1936 he had built what would be the first solid body bass guitar – a four-string fretted instrument intended to be played horizontally. It had one simple pickup and a single volume control, and the first recipient of this new instrument was his wife, Lorraine, who played in Paul’s Hawaiian music band.
This is cool, but it does not give an example
of the earliest bass guitar solo.
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