Timeline: December

1ST Weather Report bassist and fretless icon Jaco Pastorius born, 1951.
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This Month In Bass History

December

1STWeather Report bassist and fretless icon Jaco Pastorius born, 1951.

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2ND Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters born, 1968. Chris Wolstenholme of Muse is born, 1978.

4TH Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers bassist Chris Hillman born, 1942. Sly Stone’s bass line anchors No. 1 U.S. single “Family Affair,” 1971.

5TH  Bebop bassist Art Davis born, 1934.

6TH  Weather Report co-founder Miroslav Vitous born, 1947. Paul Simon goes to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with “Still Crazy After All These Years,” featuring David Hood’s bass line, 1975.

7TH The Police’s “Walking on the Moon” hits the top of the U.K. charts, 1979.

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8TH Session superman and Fourplay member Nathan East born, 1955.

9TH The Band’s Rick Danko born, 1943. Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour born, 1958. Bernard Edwards’ “Le Freak” bass line helps propel Chic to the top of the charts, 1978.

10TH The Band’s Rick Danko dies, 1999.

11TH Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx born, 1958. Miles Davis, Sting, and Rolling Stones sideman Darryl Jones born, 1961.

14TH  AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams born, 1945.

15TH The Clash bassist Paul Simonon born, 1955.

17TH REM bassist Mike Mills born, 1958.

20TH fIREHOSE and Minutemen co-leader, Stooges sideman, and solo artist Mike Watt born, 1957.

22ND Upright virtuoso, composer, and conductor Giovanni Bottesini born, 1821. Doubling and 6-string icon John Patitucci born, 1959.

23RD Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls born (as actor/comedian Harry Shearer), 1943.

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24TH Hawkwind and Motorhead bassist Lemmy Kilmister born, 1945.

25TH Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding born, 1945.

26TH Meters bassist George Porter Jr. born, 1947.

27TH Kinks bassist Pete Quaife born, 1943.

31ST Seminal trombonist, bassist, and tuba player John Kirby born, 1908. Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton born, 1951.

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Court of Opinion: December 2012

Fender recently posted their list of “Five Famous Fender Basses,” which included James Jamerson’s “Funk Machine,” Jaco Pastorius’ “Bass of Doom,” John Entwistle’s “Frankenstein,” Paul Simonon’s London Calling Precision Bass, and Steve Harris’s West Ham United F.C. Precision Bass. What’s on your list?