This Month in Bass History: June

2ND Bassist, producer, bandleader, and educator Matthew Garrison born, 1970.
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2ND Bassist, producer, bandleader, and educator Matthew Garrison born, 1970.

4TH Sting and the Police begin a four-week run at the top of the U.K. charts with “Every Breath You Take,” 1983.

5TH Punk icon and Ramones bass man Dee Dee Ramone dies, 2002.

6TH Session stalwart and Chapman Stick pioneer Tony Levin born, 1946; Slayer’s Tom Araya born, 1962. Isley Brothers bassist Marvin Isley dies, 2010.

8TH Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip, the first solo album by a Rolling Stone, 1974.

13TH Bolstered by stellar bass work from Nathan East, Marcus Miller, and Randy Jackson, Whitney Houston’s Whitney album rocks the top of the charts, 1987. Flea’s upfront bass line on “You Oughta Know” helps push Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill to No. 1, 1995.

14TH Bassist, producer, and session king Marcus Miller born, 1959.

16TH Suzi Quatro has her first No. 1 single with “Can the Can,” 1973.

17TH Studio bass icon and educator Chuck Rainey born, 1940.

18TH Songwriter, bass god, and former Beatle Paul McCartney born, 1942.

20TH Beach Boys leader and sometime live bassist Brian Wilson born, 1942; Van Halen bassist and harmony vocalist Michael Anthony born, 1955; Duran Duran bass man John Taylor born, 1960.

23RD Jazz bass master and photographer Milt Hinton born, 1910; studio titan, harmonic innovator, and 6-string bass father Anthony Jackson born, 1952.

25TH The Beatles started a two-week run at the top of the U.S. singles chart with “Paperback Writer,” 1966. Thanks to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record was much louder than the bass on any Beatles records, Paul’s bass parts were louder than usual.

26TH Bop and avant-garde jazz bassist and New School professor Reggie Workman born, 1937.

27TH John Entwistle dies in Las Vegas one day before the Who’s tour begins, 2002.

30TH Fusion, jazz, and funk icon Stanley Clarke born, 1951. He released his smash hit School Days album in June 1976.