1ST Bassist Baroy Scott and the rest of the Famous Flames, fronted by 21-year-old singer James Brown, cut their first demo of “Please, Please, Please,” 1955.
2ND “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” with Reggie McBride on bass and the Jackson 5 on backing vocals, is Stevie Wonder’s fourth No. 1, 1974.
6TH Aerosmith, with 18-year-old Tom Hamilton on bass, does their first gig, 1970.
7TH John Seigler’s note-perfect bass line on Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” helps push it to No. 1, 1981.
8TH Arthur Barrow’s faux fretless magic sends Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” soaring, 1986.
11TH Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley, 24, dies after his motorcycle hits a bus, 1972.
14TH “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” buoyed by Sting’s joyful groove, is top of the pops in the U.K., 1981.
17TH Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock, 28, dies from congenital heart defect, 1979.
19TH Boosted by another great James Jamerson bass line, the Supremes rule the U.K. charts with “Baby Love,” 1964.
21ST John Deacon’s most famous bass line pushes Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” to No. 1, 1981.
22ND K.C. and the Sunshine Band co-founder Richard Finch grooves “That’s the Way I Like It” to the top spot, 1975.
25TH Rick Danko and the rest of the Band played their star-studded “Last Waltz” at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, 1976. The cream of British pop gathers to record Bob Geldoff’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” with bass by Duran Duran’s John Taylor, 1984.
26TH Jack Bruce and Cream play their farewell concert, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 1968. Arthur “Killer” Kane and the New York Dolls play their first U.K. show, 1973. The Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious release “Anarchy in the U.K.,” 1976.
27TH Pat Senatore’s groovy bass lines help take Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s Whipped Cream & Other Delights to No. 1, 1965.
28TH Jamerson’s masterful line on the Supremes’ “Love Child” kicks the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” off the top of the charts, 1968.
30TH Sly & the Family Stone’s “Family Affair,” featuring bass by Sly himself, is at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart, 1971. Michael Jackson releases Thriller, featuring stellar bass work by Louis Johnson, Greg Phillinganes, and Steve Lukather on “Beat It,” 1982.