This Month In Bass History January
1ST Latin jazz stalwart Andy Gonzalez born, 1951.
3RD Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones born, 1946.
4TH Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy dies of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose, 1986.
5TH Jazz composer and upright icon Charles Mingus dies, 1979.
9TH John Deacon’s harmonies and bass line help push Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart, 1976.
12TH Sting, Stewart Copeland, and guitarist Henri Padovani rehearse for the first time as the Police, 1977.
14TH Composer, bandleader, and session musician Mark Egan born, 1951.
15TH Paul Simonon auditions for the Clash, 1976. Elton John bassist Dee Murray dies, 1992.
17TH Jeff Berlin is born, 1953. Led Zeppelin releases its self-titled debut album, 1969.
19TH Jazz bassist Israel Crosby born, 1919. Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Roger Waters’ masterpiece, hits No. 1 on the U.S. album charts, 1980.
22ND German bassist and composer Eberhard Weber born, 1940. Stevie Wonder hits No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Wish,” boosted by Nate Watts’ slides and accents, 1977.
25TH Jazz bassist Wellman Braud is born, 1891. Joy Division, with Peter Hook, makes its live debut in Manchester, England, 1978.
26TH Motown bass legend James Jamerson born, 1936.
27TH Norman Watt-Roy’s busy bass line helps propel Ian Dury & the Blockheads’ “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” to the top of the U.K. charts, 1979.
29TH Blues bass icon and songwriter Willie Dixon dies, 1992.