April 2013: This Month in Bass History
Tue, 26 Mar 2013

1ST German geneticist Flora Polis isolates protein EADG1, the "Funk gene," by analyzing sudor driblets extracted from the wardrobes of Verdine White, Larry Graham, and Bootsy Collins. 2011.

2ND Fender’s Don Randall gives the public its first look at the Precision Bass in the April issue of Musician’s Trade magazine, 1952.

3RD Scott LaFaro, best known for his work with Bill Evans, is born, 1936.

4TH Jazz bassist Gene Ramey born, 1913.

5TH Patent issued for the Ampeg Baby Bass pickup, 1966.

6TH Paul Young hits No. 1 with The Secret Of Association, which featured Pino Palladino’s fretless Music Man StingRay work on songs like “Everytime You Go Away,” 1985.

8TH The Supremes record “Where Did Our Love Go,” with James Jamerson on bass, at Motown Studios in Detroit, 1964.

10TH Italian double bass virtuoso and composer Domenico Dragonetti born, 1763. Marvin Gaye recorded his version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” with James Jamerson on bass, at Motown Studios in Detroit, 1967.

13TH Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady born, 1944. • Slap funk icon Louis Johnson born, 1955.

15TH Upright master Richard Davis born, 1930.

17TH Jazz bassist Buster Williams born, 1942.

18TH Chic’s Bernard Edwards dies, 1996. • Double Trouble bass man Tommy Shannon born, 1946.

22ND Composer, bandleader, and bass legend Charles Mingus born, 1922. Composer and sideman Paul Chambers born, 1935.

24TH Bandleader and composer Stafford James born, 1926.

26TH Nashville studio icon Dave Pomeroy born, 1956.

28TH Roger Waters’ lyrics and bass lines help take Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon to No. 1, 1973.

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