This Month in Bass History: March

3RD Upright icon Jimmy Garrison born, 1934. Jim Lea and Slade are chart champs with “Cum On Feel the Noize,” 1973.
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3RD Upright icon Jimmy Garrison born, 1934. Jim Lea and Slade are chart champs with “Cum On Feel the Noize,” 1973.

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4TH Yes mainstay Chris Squire born, 1948. Metallica bottom-dweller Jason Newsted born, 1963.

7TH Tower of Power’s very own Rocco Prestia born, 1951.

8TH Jazz bassist and tuba player Red Callender born, 1916.

9TH Geezer Butler and his band Earth—having recently changed its name to Black Sabbath—has its first show, 1970.

10TH Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam born, 1963. Roger Waters and Pink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon, 1973.

11TH The 5th Dimension, bolstered by the stellar work of Joe Osborn, wins a Grammy for “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” 1970.

12TH Iron Maiden iron man Steve Harris born, 1957. The Allman Brothers and Berry Oakley play the first of two shows later released as At Fillmore East, 1971.

13TH Dixieland/swing composer, arranger and bassist Bob Haggart born, 1914; U2’s Adam Clayton born, 1960.

15TH Grateful Dead bass man and jam-band pioneer Phil Lesh born, 1940. John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin are No. 1 in the U.K. with Physical Graffiti, 1975.

18TH Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold,” blessed with a Tim Drummond bass line, is the No. 1 U.S. single, 1972. Paul Simon has the No. 1 album spot with a self-titled solo debut backed by Jackie Jackson, Ron Carter, Joe Osborn, and Russell George, 1972.

19TH Rock bass monster Billy Sheehan born, 1953

22ND R&B/blues bass god Jerry Jemmott born, 1946

24TH A Ronnie Baker bass line makes the O’Jays’ “Love Train” the No. 1 single, 1973.

25TH Studio goddess Carol Kaye born, 1935. John Entwistle and The Who—along with Jack Bruce and Cream—make their U.S. debut, 1967. Roberta Flack’s First Take, with notable contributions from Ron Carter, is No. 1 in the U.S., 1972.

26TH James Jamerson’s magic helps push Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to the top of the U.K. charts, 1969. Producer, sideman, and session ninja Justin Meldal-Johnsen born, 1970.

28TH Headhunters legend Paul Jackson born, 1947.

29TH Blood Sweat & Tears’ self-titled album, featuring Jim Fielder, is No. 1, 1969. Meters man George Porter, Jr. funks Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” to the top of the charts, 1975.