Oldest recorded bass guitar solo?

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  1. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Actually, Roy started using it at shows right away and was roundly booed by the audience !
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  2. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    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.
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  3. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Yep; my bad. Faulty memory.
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  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    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!
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  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    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.
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Too bad his brother George wasn’t there.
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  8. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Not likely, Pappalardi was an east coast guy, and Town Hall Party was straight outta Compton. But who knows?
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  9. 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.
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  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    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.

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  12. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That was a very nice solo indeed!
  13. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Jet Harris also was one of the first to use effects on bass, reverb and tremolo mostly.
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  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Wow! That bass fuzz solo really popped out of left field! It sounded like a trombone!
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  15. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Yeah this fuzz is incredible.
    Also not the oldest (1969) just a fine example of early bass solo with fuzz.

  16. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    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.)
  17. Guitalia


    Jun 7, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    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.)
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  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    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.
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  19. Bflat


    Feb 5, 2008
    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


    Tim Fletcher

    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.

  20. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This is cool, but it does not give an example
    of the earliest bass guitar solo.
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