This Month in Bass History: January

1ST Jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa bass master Andy Gonzalez born, 1951.
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1ST Jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa bass master Andy Gonzalez born, 1951.

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2ND George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, featuring the stellar bass work of Klaus Voorman and Carl Radle, is No. 1, 1971.

3RD Bassist, arranger, producer, and Led Zeppelin wizard John Paul Jones born, 1946.

5TH Bass titan, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus dies, 1979.

6TH Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” armed with a Klaus Voorman bass line, rules the U.S. singles chart, 1973.

7TH Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, featuring classic Geezer Butler gems such as “Iron Man” and “War Pigs,” hits the streets, 1971.

9TH Queen and John Deacon are chart champs with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” 1976.

10TH Ten years after Klaus Voorman played on it, John Lennon’s “Imagine” tops the charts, 1981.

12TH Steve Miller’s “The Joker,” armed with a perfect bass line by Lonnie Turner, is No. 1, 1974. Sting, Stewart Copeland, and early Police guitarist Henry Padovani hold their first rehearsal, 1977.

13TH Steve Brown, slap bass pioneer and former member of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, born, 1890.

14TH Fusion maestro, session bassist, and composer Mark Egan born, 1951.

15TH Don McLean’s American Pie, with a Robbie “Rob Stoner” Rothstein bass line, is at the top of the charts, 1972. Randy Meisner’s reggaefied flavor on the Eagles’ Hotel California is No. 1, 1977.

17TH Bass master, columnist, and Players School of Music founder Jeff Berlin born, 1953. John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin release their selftitled debut, 1969.

18TH Boz Burrell, briefly a member of King Crimson, co-founds Bad Company, 1974.

19TH Ahmad Jamal Trio member and upright bass solo pioneer Israel Crosby born, 1919. The Pretenders’ “Brass In Pocket,” bass line courtesy of Pete Farndon, is tops, 1980.

22ND European jazz bass lion Eberhard Weber born, 1940.

25TH Duke Ellington sideman and walking bass pioneer Wellman Braud born, 1891. Peter Hook and Joy Division make their live debut, 1978.

26TH Elizabeth Jamerson gives birth to James Jamerson, patron saint of the electric bass, 1936.

27TH Stevie Wonder’s immortal keyboard bass line powers “Superstition” to the top of the charts, 1973. Norman Watt-Roy’s bass magic sends Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” to No. 1, 1979.

28TH Bill Black backs up Elvis Presley on Presley’s first national television appearance, on the Dorsey Brothers’ “Stage Show,” 1956.

31ST Wilton Felder’s bass line helps the Jackson Five take charge of the charts with “I Want You Back,” 1970.