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Famous Bassists from the United States

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

This list has a variety of people in it, from Eddie Van Halen to Gene Simmons.

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

Use this list of renowned American 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. {#nodes}
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    Gene Simmons

    BirthplaceTirat Carmel, Israel

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    Jared Leto

    Jared Leto

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceBossier City, Louisiana, United States of America

    Jared Joseph Leto (; born December 26, 1971) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Trent Reznor

    BirthplaceMercer, Pennsylvania

    Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record... more on Wikipedia

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    Brian Wilson

    BirthplaceInglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Dee Dee Ramone

    Dee Dee Ramone

    Dec. at 51 (1951-2002)

    BirthplaceFort Lee, USA, Virginia

    Douglas Glenn Colvin (September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002), known professionally as Dee Dee... more on Wikipedia

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    Pete Wentz

    Pete Wentz

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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    Peter Steele

    Peter Steele

    Dec. at 48 (1962-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010), known professionally as Peter... more on Wikipedia

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    Arthur Kane

    Arthur Kane

    Dec. at 55 (1949-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Arthur Harold Kane Jr. (February 3, 1949 – July 13, 2004) was a musician best known as the... more on Wikipedia

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    Randy Jackson

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

    Randall Darius Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mike Starr

    Mike Starr

    Dec. at 45 (1966-2011)

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Michael Christopher Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) was an American musician best known... more on Wikipedia

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    Eddie Van Halen

    BirthplaceNijmegen, Netherlands

    Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (January 26, 1955 - October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American musician,... more on Wikipedia

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    Nikki Sixx

    Nikki Sixx

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.; December 11, 1958) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Joe Escalante

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

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    Patrick Stump

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Patrick Martin Stumph (born April 27, 1984), known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is... more on Wikipedia

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    Charles Mingus

    Charles Mingus

    Dec. at 57 (1922-1979)

    BirthplaceNogales, Arizona, United States of America

    Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Hank Williams III

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

    Shelton Hank Williams (born December 12, 1972), known as Hank Williams III and Hank 3, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Mark Stoermer

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Mark August Stoermer (born June 28, 1977) is an American musician and songwriter. He is best... more on Wikipedia
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    Meshell Ndegeocello

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

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    Krist Novoselic

    BirthplaceCompton, California, United States of America

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    Phil Lesh

    Phil Lesh

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

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    Cliff Burton

    Cliff Burton

    Dec. at 24 (1962-1986)

    BirthplaceCastro Valley, California, United States of America

    Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American musician and... more on Wikipedia

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    Chuck Panozzo

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Charles Salvatore "Chuck" Panozzo (born September 20, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois) is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Steele

    BirthplacePasadena, California, United States of America

    Michael Steele (born Susan Nancy Thomas on June 2, 1955) is an American bassist, guitarist,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mikey Welsh

    Mikey Welsh

    Dec. at 40 (1971-2011)

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

    Michael Edward "Mikey" Welsh (April 20, 1971 – October 8, 2011) was an American artist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Esperanza Spalding

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer.... more on Wikipedia

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