1ST Jazz bass icon, educator, and label owner Dave Holland born, 1946. Double bassist, bandleader, and educator Mark Helias born, 1950.
2ND Songwriter and Police bassist/frontman Sting born, 1951. Gov’t Mule and Allman Bros. bassist Allen Woody born, 1956. Armed with a bass line by George “Chocolate” Perry, John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” rules the charts, 1982.
3RD Benjamin Orr, bassist and singer for the Cars, dies, 2000.
4TH Singular electric jazz bassist Steve Swallow born, 1940. Former Bill Evans and Steps Ahead bassist Eddie Gomez born, 1944. Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Nathan Watts hold down the Wonder Dream concert in Kingston, Jamaica for sets by Bob Marley & the Wailers and Stevie Wonder, 1975.
5TH Virtuoso Duke Ellington bassist Jimmy Blanton born, 1918.
8TH Lead bassist, tone colossus, and songwriter John Entwistle of the Who born, 1944.
10TH Pioneering electric bassist Monk Montgomery born, 1921.
13TH Legendary jazz icon Ray Brown born, 1926. John Entwistle and the Who record “My Generation,” 1965. Louis Johnson’s bass line helps take Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” to the top of the U.S. charts, 1979.
15TH Earl Falconer and UB40 hit No. 1 with “Red Red Wine,” 1988.
16TH Educator, actor, and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea born, 1962. Stevie Wonder’s Songs In the Key of Life, featuring several classic bass lines by Nathan Watts, tops the charts, 1976. Donald “Duck” Dunn plays bass for Bob Dylan’s star-studded 30th anniversary Madison Square Garden shows, 1992.
18TH The Buggles, co-led by producer/bassist Trevor Horn, hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts with “Video Killed The Radio Star,” 1979.
20TH Sting and the Police make their U.S. debut at CBGB’s in New York, 1978.
21ST Jazz educator and former Bill Evans bassist Marc Johnson born, 1953. Elvis Presley bass man Bill Black dies, 1965.
24TH Rolling Stones bassist and Rhythm Kings leader Bill Wyman born, 1936
26TH Founding funk father Bootsy Collins born, 1951.
27TH Pioneering solo upright bassist Barre Phillips born, 1934.