6TH Pink Floyd co-founder, composer, and lyricist Roger Waters born, 1944; Billy Cox accompanies Jimi Hendrix for the last Experience show, 1970.
8TH Stellar bass work by Wilton Felder helps take Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to the top of the U.S. charts, 1973; Bop master and Thelonious Monk sideman Wilbur Ware born, 1923; New York session legend Will Lee born, 1952.
9TH The Beatles, with John Lennon on bass, record “Helter Skelter,” 1968; A Taste Of Honey, led by bassist/vocalist Janice-Marie Johnson, rules the charts with “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” 1978; Upright icon George Mraz born, 1944.
12TH Bob Babbitt’s sublime bass line helps Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “Tears of a Clown” hit the top of the U.K. charts, 1970.
14TH Mambo godfather Israel “Cachao” Lopez born, 1918.
16TH “Rapper’s Delight,” which featured Bernard Edwards’ “Good Times” bass line played by Chip Shearin, signals a new era of popularity for hip-hop, 1979.
17TH Elvis Presley bass man Bill Black born, 1926.
18TH Punk iconoclast and Ramones songwriter/lyricist Dee Dee Ramone born, 1952.
19TH Diana Ross’s version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” armed with a James Jamerson bass line, is No. 1 in the U.S., 1970.
20TH Jazz man Red Mitchell, known for tuning in 5ths, born, 1927.
21ST Bass man and vocalist Slam Stewart born, 1914; Jaco Pastorius dies after being beaten by a Florida bouncer, 1987.
22ND The Band and Rick Danko release their self-titled sophomore album, 1969.
27TH Jamaican producer and all-time session great Robbie Shakespeare born, 1953; Metallica’s Cliff Burton dies in a bus crash while on tour in Sweden, 1986.
28TH Former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell hits No. 1 with Bad Company’s self-titled debut, 1974..
29TH 6-string and slap bass icon Les Claypool born, 1963.
30TH Bassist, cellist, and composer Oscar Pettiford born, 1922.