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