What is a band without a Bass player?
Not much really when you think of it. Yet bass players are nearly always underrated. Most people will be able to name a list of singers, guitarists, drummers and even keyboard players when asked, but they will struggle with listing bass players.
The bass is real the base of music, it is the foundation together with the drums. The vocals, guitars and keyboard are the rest of a song., the melody that makes a song recognizable. But without a solid foundation the melody would collapse. The bass is the most important part of that foundation.
I could mention 1000s of bass players but I will limit it to a few of my favourites.
Robbie Shakespeare-Sly & Robbie
Mark King- Level 42
Lemmy -Motorhead(performing with Metallica)
Peter Hook-Joy Division and New Order
Tina Weymouth-Talking Heads
Chuck Wright-Quiet Riot
John Entwistle-The Who
James Jamerson was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of the Motown Records hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), and is now regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history.