2ND Bassist, producer, bandleader, and educator Matthew Garrison
4TH Sting and the Police begin a four-week run at the top of the UK
charts with “Every Breath You Take,” 1983.
5TH Punk icon and Ramones bass man Dee Dee Ramone dies, 2002.
6TH Session stalwart and Chapman Stick pioneer Tony Levin born,
1946; Slayer’s Tom Araya born, 1962. Isley Brothers bassist
Marvin Isley dies, 2010.
8TH Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip, the first solo album by a Rolling
13TH Bolstered by stellar bass work from Nathan East, Marcus Miller, and
Randy Jackson, Whitney Houston’s Whitney album rocks the top
of the charts, 1987. Flea’s upfront bass line on “You Oughta Know”
helps push Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill to No. 1, 1995.
14TH Bassist, producer, and session king Marcus Miller born, 1959.
16TH Suzi Quatro has her first No.1 single with “Can the Can,” 1973.
17TH Studio bass icon and educator Chuck Rainey born, 1940.
18TH Songwriter, bass god, and former Beatle Paul McCartney born, 1942.
20TH Beach Boys leader and sometime live bassist Brian Wilson born,
1942; Van Halen bassist and harmony vocalist Michael Anthony
born, 1955; Duran Duran bass man John Taylor born, 1960.
23RD Jazz bass master and photographer Milt Hinton born, 1910;
studio titan, harmonic innovator, and 6-string bass father Anthony
Jackson born, 1952.
25TH The Beatles start a two-week run at the top of the U.S. singles chart
with “Paperback Writer,” 1966. Thanks to John Lennon demanding
to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record was
much louder than the bass on any of the Beatles’ records, Paul’s
bass parts are louder than usual.
26TH Bop and avant-garde jazz bassist and New School professor
Reggie Workman born, 1937.
27TH John Entwistle dies in Las Vegas one day before the Who begins
30TH Fusion, jazz, and funk icon Stanley Clarke born, 1951. He releases
his hit album School Days in June 1976.