The Good Die Young, sort of

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by nanook, Jul 29, 2001.

  1. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    With the death of Leon Wilkerson, I was just reflecting about all the great bassists who are now dead. There are probably some who have died that I don't even know about.

    Here are a few to start the thread, help me name some more.

    Jaco Pastorius
    Berry Oakley
    Jimi Henrix - yep, he played bass too
  2. The bassists from Blues Traveller and Pennywise also died young.
    Sadly not limited to bass either, heres just a couple of musicians off the top of my head that have broken on through to the other side at a young age:

    Jim Morrison
    Janis Joplin
    Keith Moon (the Who)
    Brian Jones (the Stones)
    Jeff Buckley
    Kurt Cobain
    Ian Curtis (Joy Devision)
    John Lennon
    Sid Vicious (loser)
    Gene Vincent
    Sam Cooke
    Duane Allman
    Marc Bolan
    Eddie Cochran
    'Pigpen' (Grateful Dead)
    Buddy Holly
    John Bonham (Led Zepplin)
    Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple)
    Gram Parsons
    Otis Redding
    Ronny Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 3 other members of the band also killed in the plane crash)
  3. I did mention them:

    Benjamin Orr (The Cars)
    The bassist for Loverboy (Scott...)
    The Pretenders' original bassist (can't recall name)

    Bobby Sheehan was Blues Traveler's bassist
  4. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Don´t forget Brad Nowell (Sublime), and also Hillel Slovak (RHCP)
  5. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    For anyone from Chicago or who has a deep appreciation for the Blues Brothers I have to mention John Belushi. Although not regarded by many as a musician, he did his share in bringing blues and great music to the public.
  6. Scott LaFaro.. man, what a loss that was. Ten days after "Sunday At The Village Vanguard.". The mind reels at what he would have done had he lived.
  7. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    He may not have been the most popular to many people but John Denver was a great musician in his own right.

    Also some other notables....

    Jim Croche
    Terry Kath (Chicago)
  8. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Steve Clark(Def Leppard)
    Randy Rhoads
  9. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
  10. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    Paul Chambers - bassist with Miles Davis
    John Coltrane

    Bobby Sheehan was the bassist w/ Blues Traveller.
  11. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Criss Oliva(Savatage)
    Buddy Holly
    Big Bopper
    Ritchie Valens
  12. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    James Honeyman-Scott.


    Jimmy Blanton
    Bix Beiderbecke
    Charlie Christian
    Clifford Brown
    Dennis Wilson
    Rafael Rabello
    Nico Assumpção
    Renato Russo
    Marcelo Fromer

    The last five are from Brazil. Nico was one of the great brazilian bassists:(
  13. One of my favorites was Randy Jo Hobbs who played with Johnny Winter.
  14. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Pete Farndon was The Pretenders original bassist. James Honeyman-Scott was the original guitar player. Both died way too young...

  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Man, a lotta good players mentioned.

    Some other bassists-
    James Jamerson.
    Jimmy Garrison(Matt's dad)...played w/ 'Trane, Ornette Coleman, etc.
    Lamar Williams(replaced Berry Oakley in The Allman Brothers Band; that's Lamar on "Jessica").
    Allen Woody of The Allmans & Gov't Mule(damn, that's THREE bassists from The ABB!?).
    Gary Thain of Uriah Heep.
    Bruce Day of Pablo Cruise.
    Carl Radle of Eric Clapton/Derek & The Dominoes.
    Felix Pappalardi of Mountain(also produced Cream).

    Bird Parker was in his mid-30s.
    Alan Shorter(Wayne's brother).

    Big Wheel-
    ...Nico was an awesome player!
    (& thanks for mentioning Blanton!).

    Tony Williams may have been in his 50s; regardless, I was shocked when I learned he died while undergoing 'routine' gall bladder surgery.

    Terry Kath...I miss that dude's playing & vibe.

    And I also liked Randy Jo Hobbs...Come on & take a "Free Ride"...
  16. Lord Bishop

    Lord Bishop Guest

    Jul 16, 2001
    Brooklyn N.Y.
    Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy
    and Blues great John Lee Hooker
  17. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    It would be a mistake to leave out Tommy Caldwell of Marshall Tucker fame.

    He could lay down a groove with the best of us.