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List of notable or famous bassists from England, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in England and even some popular bassists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from England is included when available.

People on this list include Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood.

This historic bassists from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from England?" These prominent bassists of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English bassists.

Use this list of renowned English bassists to discover some new bassists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (86 items)
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Adam Clayton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 58

Birthplace: Chinnor, United Kingdom

Adam Charles Clayton (born 13 March 1960) is an English-born Irish musician who is the bass guitarist of the rock band U2. He has resided in County Dublin, Ireland since his family moved to ...more

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Adrian Lambert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 46
Adrian Lambert (born 26 April 1972 in Brighton) is an English bassist and songwriter who currently plays for thrash metal band Biomechanical and progressive rock band Son of Science. Lambert ...more
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Adrian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Adrian Shaw
age 72

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

Adrian Shaw, frequently known as Ade Shaw, is a musician primarily working in the psychedelic field. He has a long history dating back to the 1960s working with such acts as Hawkwind, Country ...more
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Alan Davey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 55

Birthplace: England, Ipswich

Alan Davey (born 11 September 1963 in Ipswich, Suffolk) is an English musician, best known as the former bassist with Hawkwind. He is the original bass player in Gunslinger which started in 1979 ...more
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Alex James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 50

Birthplace: Boscombe, United Kingdom

Steven Alexander James, FRSA (born 21 November 1968) is an English musician and songwriter, as well as a journalist and cheesemaker. Best known as the bassist of the band Blur, he has also ...more
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Andy McCluskey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 59

Birthplace: Heswall, United Kingdom

George Andrew McCluskey (born 24 June 1959) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as co-founder, lead singer and bass guitarist of the electronic band ...more
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Andy Warren is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Andy Warren
age 61
Andrew Warren (born 1958) is an English bassist. He was originally in the band Adam and the Ants, but left in 1979 to join former bandmates Bid and Lester Square in The Monochrome Set. Since ...more
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Barry Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Barry Guy
age 71

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Barry John Guy (born 22 April 1947, in London) is a British composer and double bass player. His range of interests encompasses early music, contemporary composition, jazz and improvisation, and ...more
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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 82

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

Bill Wyman (born William George Perks Jr., 24 October 1936) is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer. He was the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band the ...more

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Boz Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 60 (1946-2006)

Birthplace: Holbeach, United Kingdom

Raymond "Boz" Burrell (1 August 1946 – 21 September 2006) was an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the ...more
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Bruce Foxton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 63

Birthplace: Woking, England

Bruce Douglas Foxton (born 1 September 1955) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Foxton's music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as bassist and ...more
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Chas Chandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 58 (1938-1996)

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Bryan James "Chas" Chandler (18 December 1938 – 17 July 1996) was an English musician, record producer and manager, best known as the original bassist in The Animals. He also managed ...more
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Chris Dreja is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 73

Birthplace: Surbiton

Christopher Walenty Dreja (born 11 November 1945 in Surbiton, Surrey) is an English musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist and bassist for The Yardbirds.
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Chris Edwards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Edwards
age 38

Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom

Kasabian ( kə-SAY-bee-ən) are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris ...more
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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 70

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Christopher Russell Edward Squire (4 March 1948 – 27 June 2015) was an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the bassist and a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes. ...more

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Chris White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 75

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Christopher Taylor White (born 7 March 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. White's music career spans more than 50 years. He came to prominence in the mid ...more
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Chris Wolstenholme is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Wolstenholme
age 40

Birthplace: Rotherham, United Kingdom

Christopher Tony Wolstenholme (born 2 December 1978) is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the rock band Muse.
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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 69

Birthplace: Romford, England, London

Clifford Williams (born 14 December 1949) is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since 1977 except for a brief ...more
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Colin Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 49

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Colin Charles Greenwood (born 26 June 1969) is an English musician and the bassist for the alternative rock band Radiohead. Along with his younger brother, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, ...more
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Dave Brock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 77

Birthplace: Isleworth, London, United Kingdom

David Anthony Brock (born 20 August 1941) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He plays electric guitar, keyboards, bass and oscillators. He is best known as being one of the founders ...more
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Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 46 (1946-1992)

Birthplace: Southgate, London, London, United Kingdom

Dee Murray (born David Murray Oates; 3 April 1946 – 15 January 1992) was an English bass guitarist, best known as a member of Elton John's band.
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Dougie Poynter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 31

Birthplace: Corringham, United Kingdom

Douglas Lee Poynter (born 30 November 1987) is an English musician, songwriter, fashion model, clothing designer, author, actor and philanthropist. He is the bassist and youngest member of the ...more
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Gary Jarman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 38
Gary John Jarman is a British multi-instrumentalist, best known for being bassist and singer in the Wakefield music group The Cribs. Formed in 2002, The Cribs have released six albums to date, ...more
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Gary Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 61

Birthplace: Northwood, London, England, London

Gary Tibbs (born Gary Brian Tibbs, 25 January 1958) is a bass guitarist and actor. He is best known as a member of Adam and the Ants and Roxy Music. He also appeared (playing the part of bass ...more
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Gavin Bryars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 76

Birthplace: Goole, United Kingdom

Richard Gavin Bryars (; born 16 January 1943) is an English composer and double bassist. He has worked in jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, historicism, avant-garde, and experimental music.