August 2013: This Month in Bass History

2ND Bass legend James Jamerson dies, 1983.
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2ND Bass legend James Jamerson dies, 1983.

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3RD Bad Company, with former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, hits No. 1 with its self-titled debut album, 1973.

6TH Upright icon, composer, and bandleader Charlie Haden born, 1937.

9TH Cliff Williams and AC/DC rule the airwaves with Back in Black, 1980.

10TH Upright slap bass pioneer Bill Johnson born, 1872. Composer, arranger, and bassist Chuck Israels born, 1936. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” armed with an Anthony Jackson bass line, is No. 1, 1974.

11TH Bassist Jermaine Jackson, 14, and the rest of the Jackson 5 are formally introduced to the public by Diana Ross, 1969.

12TH A month before they began calling themselves Led Zeppelin, the New Yardbirds—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham—play together for the first time, 1968.

14TH Slap pioneer, singer, bandleader, and songwriter Larry Graham born, 1946.

17TH Carl Radle’s bass parts help take Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard to the top of the charts, 1974.

18TH Upright slap veteran Mark Rubin born, 1966. Chic, bolstered by Bernard Edwards, rules the airwaves with “Good Times,” 1979.

20TH Verdine White’s bass groove is a highlight of the Emotions’ No. 1 hit “Best of My Love,” 1977.

22ND Art Ensemble Of Chicago bassist Malachi Favors born, 1927.

23RD Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong sideman John Lindsay born, 1894. David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes,” with its prominent George Murray bass line, hits No. 1 in the U.K., 1980.

24TH Huey Lewis & the News, including bass man Mario Cipollina, rock the charts with “The Power of Love,” 1985.

25TH Kiss bassist, co-founder, and co-vocalist Gene Simmons born, 1949.

26TH Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule bassist Allen Woody dies, 2000.

27TH Vanilla Fudge and Cactus co-founder Tim Bogert born, 1944. The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” with Carol Kaye on electric bass and Lyle Ritz on upright, rises to No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart, 1966.

28TH L.A. and Nashville session legend Joe Osborn born, 1937.