Famous Bassists from England

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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  • 1

    BirthplaceChinnor, England


    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 Malahide  ...more
  • 2

    Adrian Lambert

    Age: 49


    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 also  ...more
  • 3

    Adrian Shaw

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceHampstead, 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 Joe  ...more
  • 4
    Age: 58

    BirthplaceEngland, 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 and  ...more
  • 5
    Age: 53

    BirthplaceBoscombe, 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 played  ...more
  • 6

    BirthplaceHeswall, 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

    Age: 63


    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 2004, he  ...more
  • 8

    Barry Guy

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceLondon, 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 he  ...more
  • 9
    Age: 85

    BirthplaceLondon, England


    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 Rolling  ...more

    #241 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#165 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100#22 of 74 The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

  • 10
    Dec. at 60 (1946-2006)

    BirthplaceHolbeach, 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 bands King Crimson  ...more
  • 11

    BirthplaceWoking, 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
  • 12
    Dec. at 57 (1938-1996)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 the band Slade  ...more
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    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.  ...more

    #79 of 178 Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom#56 of 334 Famous Rhythm Guitarists

  • 14

    Chris Edwards

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 Karloff,  ...more
  • 15

    BirthplaceLondon, 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. He was  ...more

    #139 of 190 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely#1251 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#9 of 168 The Best Rock Bassists of All Time

  • 16

    BirthplaceBarnet, 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 1960s as  ...more
  • 17

    Chris Wolstenholme

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceRotherham, 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.  ...more
  • 18

    BirthplaceRomford, England, London

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    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
  • 19

    BirthplaceEngland, Oxford


    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
  • 20
    Age: 80

    BirthplaceIsleworth, 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 and  ...more
  • 21
    Dec. at 45 (1946-1992)

    BirthplaceSouthgate, 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.  ...more
  • 22

    BirthplaceCorringham, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 pop  ...more
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    Gary Jarman

    Age: 41

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    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, and  ...more
  • 24

    Gary Tibbs

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceNorthwood, 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

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceGoole, 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.  ...more