This Month in Bass History: May

4TH Jazz bass icon Ron Carter born, 1937. Green Day’s Mike Dirnt born, 1972.
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4TH Jazz bass icon Ron Carter born, 1937. Green Day’s Mike Dirnt born, 1972.

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7TH Composer, bassist, and educator Michael Formanek born, 1958.

8TH Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters releases his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, 1984.

11TH Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Noel Redding dies at his home in Ireland at age 57, 2003.

12TH Jazz bassist and three-decade member of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio Gary Peacock born, 1935.

14TH Bassist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader Jack Bruce born, 1943.

16TH Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic born, 1965.

18TH Tuba player, trombonist, and New Orleans string bass legend Pops Foster born, 1892.

24TH Verdine White and Earth, Wind & Fire hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Shining Star,” 1975.

22ND Paul McCartney’s bass line helps send Wings’ “Silly Love Songs” to the top of the U.S. singles chart, 1976. (A 1984 version rerecorded with Louis Johnson on bass, for McCartney’s soundtrack to Give My Regards to Broad Street, hit No. 1 in the U.K.)

27TH Danish virtuoso upright bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen born, 1946.

28TH Los Angeles session king Leland Sklar born, 1947. Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers play together for the first time, 1977.

30TH Carl Radle, bass player with Derek & the Dominoes, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and many others, dies of kidney failure at age 38, 1980.

31ST Jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Christian McBride born, 1972. Boosted by the contributions of Tony Levin, Larry Klein, and Bill Laswell, Peter Gabriel’s So climbs to the top of the U.K. charts, 1986.