List of Famous Bass Guitarists

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List of famous bass guitarists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bass guitarists in the world? This includes the most prominent bass guitarists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bass guitarists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bass guitarists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bass guitarists.

List includes Mike Watt, Bootsy Collins and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known bass guitarists to the lesser known bass guitarists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bass guitarist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bass guitarists ever?" and "What are the names of famous bass guitarists?" then you're in the right place. (31 items)
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bass Guitarists
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William Earl "Bootsy" Collins is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins's driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk. Collins is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. ...more on Wikipedia

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Mike Watt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bass Guitarists
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Michael David "Mike" Watt is an American bassist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Stooges and a member of the art rock/jazz/punk/improv group Banyan as well as many other post-Minutemen projects. CMJ New Music called Watt a "seminal post-punk bass player." In November 2008, Watt received the Bass Player Magazine lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea. ...more on Wikipedia

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Mark Bedford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bass Guitarists
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Mark William Bedford, nicknamed 'Bedders', is an English bass guitarist and founding member, now occasional member, of the band Madness. ...more on Wikipedia

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Ian Keaggy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bass Guitarists
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