Saturday, June 28, 2008

Remembering 'The Ox'

Yesterday marks the 6th anniversary of the untimely death of John Entwistle (October 9, 1944 - June 27, 2002), bass player for The Who. Nicknamed "The Ox" and "Thunderfingers," and named by Guitar Magazine in 2000 as "Bassist of the Millennium," Entwistle is widely regarded as one of the greatest, and certainly most influential, bass guitarists in rock and roll history.

In the clip below, you can get a feel for his bass work by listening to John in an isolated audio track on "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Jumping ahead 22 years to a Who concert in 2000, John thunders out a bass solo for the song "5:15."

Also, check out these tributes to 'The Ox':

Find out more about John Entwistle here and here. And check out the John Entwistle Foundation which provides music education for underserved children.


DavidB said...

Jeez, thanks for making me feel completely incompetent as a bassist :) Seriously, I think you kind of have to be a bass player to know how completely unreal Entwistle was. It's like a golf novice watching Tiger Woods.

Bryan Owen said...

I'm totally with you David! Entwistle was fracking amazing on the bass guitar. And far better live than in the studio (playing live he could really unleash his prowess). I still can't believe his playing on the Live at Leeds album. And all the while he made it look so easy.

John Entwistle was truly unique. I'll always be grateful for the way he inspired me to make the electric bass my primary instrument. And among electric bass players, he will always be missed.