This Month in Bass History: February

2ND Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose, 1979.
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2ND Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose, 1979.

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3RD Nigel Harrison’s bass part is the just the thing for Blondie’s U.K. No. 1 “Heart of Glass,” 1979.

4TH The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” bolstered by a Maurice Gibb bass line, takes over the charts, 1978.

6TH Danny Klein’s work on J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” is tops, 1982.

7TH John Entwistle and the Who record “Pinball Wizard,” 1969. John Paul Jones and the boys are tops in the U.K. with Led Zeppelin II, 1970. Tony Levin’s mind-meld with drummer Steve Gadd takes Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” to the top, 1976. Robert “Kool” Bell & the Gang rule the charts with “Celebration,” 1981.

8TH The Ohio Players and Marshall “Rock” Jones have a No. 1 single with “Fire,” 1975.

9TH Multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and Count Basie bass man Walter Page born, 1900.

10TH Educator, bandleader, and sideman Rufus Reid born, 1944. Metallica bass legend Cliff Burton born, 1962. Original Stooges bassist Dave Alexander dies from pneumonia, 1975.

12TH Producer, bassist, and label head Bill Laswell born, 1955. Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” blessed with a Leroy Hodges bass line, is No. 1, 1972.

13TH Geezer Butler and Black Sabbath release their self-titled debut, 1970.

15TH Larry Graham’s slap bass part helps push Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” to the top of the charts, 1969. Glen Matlock is fired by the Sex Pistols and replaced by Sid Vicious, 1977.

17TH Thirteen years before he makes the move, Bill Wyman declares his intention to leave the Rolling Stones, 1980.

18TH Carol Kaye lays down her immortal bass line for the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” 1966.

19TH Colin Pattendon grooves Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s “Blinded by the Light,” written by Bruce Springsteen, right to the top of the charts, 1977.

21ST Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay,” with its groovy Donald “Duck” Dunn bass line, is No. 3 in the U.K., 1968. The Four Seasons’ Don Ciccone’s bass and vocals are featured in the No. 1 U.K. hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” 1975. Fleetwood Mac and John McVie release their masterpiece Rumours, 1977.

22ND Roger Waters and Paul McCartney are both recording at Abbey Road Studios—Waters for Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn sessions, and McCartney for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967. Alan Gorrie’s perfect bass part helps push Average White Band’s “Pick Up the Pieces” to the top of the charts, 1975.

23RD Suzi Quatro hits No. 1 in the U.K. with “Devil Gate Drive,” 1974.

24TH Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” adorned with a Ron Carter bass line, hits No. 1, 1973.

26TH The Beatles’ Rubber Soul album hits No.1 in the U.S., 1966.