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Who is the oldest bass player alive today?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassballs27, Oct 15, 2019.


  1. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    So who is the oldest bass player still alive today?
    Preferably someone still active, but alright if they’ve retired too.
     
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  2. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    Me.
     
  3. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    I was trying to shoot for a big name, but sure...we can open it up to talkbass members too. I personally am not old enough.

    Are there players still alive in their 80s and 90s?
     
  4. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Paul McCartney is 77 years old born June 18, 1942.

    Anyone else older?
     
  5. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...I'm pushing 80... avatar photo was years ago... Joe Osborn might still be playing... if his son David is still on TB, you could check with him...
     
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  6. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    Joe is only playing that great gig in the sky these days :(
     
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  7. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...sorry to hear that... didn't realize he had passed...
     
  8. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Oh wow...that’s cool!
    Apparently Joe Osborn is 82, born August 28, 1937!
     
  9. wango55

    wango55 Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    CT
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  10. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    oopps...I guess he isn’t around?
     
  11. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    Last year, I think. Not that long ago, in any case.
     
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  12. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    Carol Kaye is still around... 84 years young... don't know if she's still active...
     
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  13. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    California
    I thought of Ron Carter but apparently he's "only" 82 :)
     
  14. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...Carol might get the nod here...
     
  15. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Based on Wikipedia, Ray Brown passed in 2002 but somehow, some recent videos of him have popped up on the internet...
    Maybe he is still alive and that would make him probably way up there... Here's another one...
     
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  16. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Geddy only looks to be in his eighties in this pic.

    geddy_lee.
     
  17. onestring

    onestring

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, CA
    I saw Milton Hinton face off with Christian McBride when Mr. Hinton was in his mid-80s. Guess who "won" the duel?

    Anyway he's gone, as is Joe Osborn, so they are both out of the running.
     
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  18. Whoever it is probably isn't online and is probably a no-name... may he/she go down in local history where ever he/she may live!
     
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  19. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...most of my gigs these days are with a piano player and an older woman who thinks she can sing... at an Elks Lodge on a Saturday night... but free drinks and a c-note doesn't hurt, so what the heck... it's a vision of your future, kids...
     
  20. I'd take that gig, happily!

    Nice to see it's going well for you still!
     

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