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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.

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Adam Clayton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 58
Adam Charles Clayton is an English-born Irish musician best known as the bassist of the rock band U2. He has resided in County Dublin since the time his family moved to Malahide when he was five ...more
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Adrian Lambert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 46
Adrian Lambert is an English bassist and songwriter who currently plays for thrash metal band Biomechanical and progressive rock band Son of Science. Lambert also played bass in power metal band ...more
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Adrian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Adrian Shaw age 72
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
Alan Davey is an English musician, best known as the former bassist with Hawkwind. He is now the bass player and vocalist for Gunslinger as well as Meads of Asphodel, Thunor, briefly with the ...more
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Alex James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 50
Steven Alexander "Alex" James 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 played with ...more
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Andy McCluskey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 59
George Andrew "Andy" McCluskey is an English musician, songwriter and record producer who is regarded as a pioneer of electronic music in the United Kingdom. McCluskey is widely ...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 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 2004, he has ...more
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Barry Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Barry Guy age 71
Barry John Guy is a British composer and double bass player. His range of interests encompasses early music, contemporary composition, jazz and improvisation, and he has worked with a wide ...more
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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 82
Bill Wyman is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has ...more
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Boz Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 60 (1946-2006)
Raymond "Boz" Burrell was an English musician. Originally a vocalist and guitarist, Burrell is best known for his bass playing and work with the bands King Crimson and Bad Company. He ...more
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Bruce Foxton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 63
Bruce Foxton is an English singer, musician, and composer. With Paul Weller, and Rick Buckler he gained worldwide fame as a member of The Jam, one of the most popular and influential acts in the ...more
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Chas Chandler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 58 (1938-1996)
Bryan James "Chas" Chandler was an English musician, record producer and manager, best known as the original bassist in the Animals, and manager of Jimi Hendrix. Chandler grew up, ...more
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Chris Dreja is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 73
Chris Dreja is a musician, best known for playing rhythm guitar and bass in the British band, The Yardbirds.
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Chris Edwards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Chris Edwards age 38
Christopher "Dibs" David Edwards is an English musician, best known as the bassist for rock band Kasabian.
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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 70
Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire is an English musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes. He is ...more
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Chris White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 75
Christopher Taylor "Chris" White is a former bass guitarist and songwriter of the 1960s rock group The Zombies. White was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire and brought up in Markyate where ...more
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Chris Wolstenholme is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 40
Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme, is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist and the bassist, backing vocalist and vocalist for the English rock band Muse. Wolstenholme also ...more
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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 69
Clifford "Cliff" Williams is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since mid-1977. He had started his ...more
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Colin Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 49
Colin Charles Greenwood, is an English musician, composer, and the bassist for the rock band Radiohead. Apart from bass, Colin plays keyboards and synthesizers and works on sampling on the ...more
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Dave Brock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 77
David Anthony "Dave" Brock is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He plays electric guitar, synthesizer, bass and oscillators. He is best known as being one of the founders and ...more
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Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bassists from England
Dec. at 46 (1946-1992)
Dee Murray 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
Dougie Lee Poynter is an English singer, musician, songwriter and the bassist and youngest member of pop rock band McFly. He also won the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ...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. The band consists of his twin brother Ryan and his younger ...more
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Gary Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 61
Gary Tibbs is a bass guitarist and actor, who appeared in the film Breaking Glass, alongside Hazel O'Connor. Tibbs was born in Northwood, London. He was a member of Adam and the Ants, and is ...more
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Gavin Bryars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bassists from England
age 76
Richard Gavin Bryars is an English composer and double bassist. He has been active in, or has produced works in, a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, ...more