1ST Blues god Willie Dixon born, 1915. Steppenwolf bassist Rushton Moreve dies in a motorcycle accident, 1981.
2ND Noel Redding quits the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968.
6TH Bill Evans bassist Scott LaFaro killed in an auto accident at age 25, 1961. James Brown goes to No. 2 on the U.S. album chart with Live at the Apollo, featuring the wicked grooves of bass man Hubert Perry, 1963.
7TH Miles Davis sideman and solo star Michael Henderson born, 1951.
9TH Paul McCartney and Wings play their first gig, 1972.
13TH West Coast jazz giant Leroy Vinnegar born, 1928.
Geezer Butler and Black Sabbath play their first gig, 1968.
New York Dolls bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane dies, 2004.
14TH Session vet Scott Edwards’ groovin’ line helps Donna Summer reach No. 1 with “Bad Girls,” 1979.
16TH Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton form Cream, 1966.
17TH L.A. studio bass king Abraham Laboriel born, 1947. Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler born, 1949. Musical director Aston “Family Man” Barrett and the Wailers back Bob Marley for the first of two shows later released as the Live! album, 1975.
18TH Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me,” armed with Doug Stegmeyer’s killer line, rules the charts, 1980.
19TH Glenn Hughes and the rest of Deep Purple call it a day, 1976.
21ST Roger Waters kicks off The Wall at the Berlin Wall, 1990.
25TH Bob Dylan, backed by Jerome Arnold and other members of the Butterfield Blues Band, goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, 1965.
26TH Randy Meisner’s catchy bass line on the title track helps take the Eagles’ One of These Nights to No. 1, 1975.
27TH Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away,” a showcase for Pino Palladino’s fretless StingRay, hits No. 1, 1983. Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson dies, 2001.
28TH Fusion/contemporary jazz luminary Gerald Veasley born, 1955.
29TH Rush icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Geddy Lee born, 1953.
31ST James Taylor, backed by Lee Sklar and other L.A. session heavies, hits the top of the U.S. charts with “You’ve Got a Friend,” 1971.