Music on Mondays (8-11-14)—My favorite bass songs

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I was a mere nine years old when The Beatles invaded America. We were sheltered in Utah, though, so we didn’t know about The Beatles until almost eighteen months later. I was immediately stricken with them when I finally heard their music. Paul was always my favorite Beatles because I found that I liked the way he played bass, often pushing the songs along. I think my favorite McCartney bass is on Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da off of The White Album. McCartney just pushes that song along, and it’s a lot of fun to sing, too.

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My favorite post-Beatles bass composition of McCartney’s is “Silly Love Songs” from 1976. Once again, McCartney’s bass drives the song along.

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Two of my other favorite bassists from the ’60s and ’70s were Peter Cetera of Chicago, and Tiran Porter of The Doobie Brothers.

When I came to San Diego from Texas in April 1993, I quit collecting music and didn’t listen to it as much. Now, with digital music and the ability to easily buy individual songs and inexpensive collections (previously known as “albums” and “CDs,” I have been catching up on groups that released albums and CDs in the ’90s and up to the present.

One of the groups that I have really grown fond of is Little River Band. I never liked them during the peak of their popularity. Here’s one of my favorite songs of theirs because of the driving bass played by Wayne Nelson.

“No More Tears,” 1983

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Recently Julian introduced me to The White Stripes. Here’s a song that really motivates me, driving me along to success with its great bass, played by Jack White, who also happens to play that mean guitar:

“Seven Nation Army,” 2003

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15 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (8-11-14)—My favorite bass songs

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      She plays bass on one of my all-time favorite Beach Boys tunes, “Sloop John B.” However, except for a few songs, mostly Simon & Garfunkel, she wasn’t writing the bass lines. Thus, they appeared to me to be typical bass parts, hidden in the midst of the rest of the song as bass parts typically were back in the days. She might be widely heard as the world’s greatest session bass, but that doesn’t make her bass lines extraordinary. I do think it is too bad that she never actually got on with a band, but female bass players? There were, and still are, few and far between.

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  1. RoSy

    I didn’t care much for the Beatles in my younger days (they were really popular before my time). But – I have come to love & appreciate their music. The first song you posted here is a fave of mine from them. It’s got a nice upbeat fun twist to it.
    PeAce!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      If I had been just two or three years older, I would have been able to actually understand The Beatles and the British Invasion. I was in high school, a year after The Beatles broke up, before I understood what had happened in the ’60s.

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  2. MyDailyMinefield

    I’m clueless when it comes to bass and really understanding the instrument. I did see Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam last year, so I guess he’s my favorite. Of course, anything that has to do with Pearl Jam is my favorite 😉

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  3. mythreemoggies

    I was named after a Beatles song 🙂 Michelle, ma belle Sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble Tres bien ensemble. LOL . Thought of you this morning when I heard about Robin Williams and your previous post about suicide. Makes me very sad that awareness is not so high on the subject x

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      And you always think that the rich and famous couldn’t possibly be affected by depression or other factors that might lead to suicide. Here in San Diego we had Junior Seau, rich and famous, arguably Mr. San Diego, commit suicide last year.

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  4. Pam

    I love the Little River Band! Whatever happened to them? I have their greatest hits on a CD. Have not played it in awhile. I will do that now. Thanks Russel for all the likes on my page.

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