I was watching this video of The Who’s infamous explosion on the Smothers Brothers, and I was struck again by what a great bass player John Entwhistle was.
I don’t like “best” lists but I do have favorite rock bass players (as in, players with a distinctive sound I like), and of course Entwhistle’s right up there. Also Stephen Stills (love that little burbling riff he does), Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone), Paul McCartney, Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), Maya Ford (The Donnas), Sting (sometimes I love him, sometimes I want to hit him), Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T. & The MGs, the house band at Stax Records), and Stu Cook from Creedence.
I’m sure there’s a ton of people I’ve forgotten. How about you?