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List of notable or famous bassists from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in the United Kingdom and even some popular bassists who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British 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 the United Kingdom is included when available.

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Adam Clayton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
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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Alec Dankworth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 58
Alexander William Tamba Dankworth is an English jazz bassist and composer.
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Andy Rourke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 55
Andrew Michael Rourke is an English musician, best known as the bassist for the Smiths, an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist ...more
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Bob Walsh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
Bob Walsh
Bob Walsh was a member of the musical group, The Dooleys.
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Chas Chandler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
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) 6 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
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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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
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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Clint Warwick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 64 (1940-2004)
Clint Warwick, born Albert Eccles, was the original bassist for the rock band The Moody Blues.
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Colin Hodgkinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 73
Colin Hodgkinson is a British rock, jazz and blues bassist, who has been active since the 1960s.
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Conrad Thomas Lant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 56
Conrad Thomas Lant is an English musician who is the vocalist and bass player of the influential black/thrash metal band Venom, from 1979 to 1987 and from 1995 to present.
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Daniel P Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 44
Daniel P Carter is a British musician and radio DJ. He is currently the singer and guitarist for hardcore punk band Hexes, bassist for A, and guitarist for metal group Krokodil and alternative ...more
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Danny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 79
Daniel Henry Edward 'Danny' Thompson is an English multi-instrumentalist best known as a double bassist and businessman. He has had a long musical career playing with a large variety of other ...more
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Dave Holland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 72
Dave Holland is an English jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader who has been performing and recording for five decades. He has lived in the United States for over 40 years. His work ...more
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David J is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 61
David John Haskins, better known as David J, is a British alternative rock musician, producer, and writer. He was the bassist for the gothic rock band Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. He has ...more
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Gary Jarman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
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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Gaz Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
Gaz Morgan
Gaz Morgan was a member of the musical group, The Dooleys.
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Guto Pryce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 46
Guto Dafydd Pryce is a bass guitar player and songwriter in the band Super Furry Animals. With them, he has recorded nine UK Albums Chart Top 25 studio albums, plus numerous singles, EPs, ...more
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Horace Panter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 65
Horace Panter also known as Sir Horace Gentleman, is the bassist for the British 2 Tone ska band The Specials. Born in Croydon, Surrey he spent most of his formative years in Kettering, ...more
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Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 73
Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister is an English rock musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, principal songwriter and the founding and sole constant member of the rock and ...more
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Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 75
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, composer and vocalist, known primarily for his multi-faceted contributions to the legendary British supergroup Cream, which ...more
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Jimmy Bain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 71
James Stewart 'Jimmy' Bain is a Scottish bassist most famous for playing in the bands Rainbow and Dio with Ronnie James Dio. He has worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his ...more
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John Giblin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
John Giblin age 67
John Giblin is a British, and internationally renowned double bassist and bass guitarist, noted for his versatility spanning jazz, classical, rock, folk and avant-garde music. While best known ...more
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Mac MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 77
Mac MacLeod is an English musician who was a part of the Hertfordshire folk and blues scene from 1959 onwards. He played in St Albans alongside Mick Softley, Maddy Prior and toured with John ...more
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Mark Cuppello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
Mark Cuppello
Mark Cuppello is a member of the musical group, The Courteeners.
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Mark Mcclelland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bassists from the United Kingdom
age 42
Mark Peter McClelland is a musician from Northern Ireland, known best as the former bass guitarist with the band Snow Patrol. McClelland is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for his work on ...more