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  • Well, being a bassist myself, I must say that certain bass players were best in one aspect, while another was better in another aspect. John Entwhistle was probably the best educated in music and was, at once, a solo bassist and an excellent rhythmist that just worked perfectly with Moon. Jack Bruce was probably the best improvisor, band leader, and vocalist to be a bassist. Cream was his band and Clapton has never been better than when Bruce was laying down the groove. Getty Lee of Rush is another of my heroes, as was John Paul Jones of Led Zep. Both of them were extremely creative bassists and keyboarders, and vocalists, and a mandolin or lute when needed. For shear raw bass, Geezer Butler of Sabbath had no equals.
  • Eric Clapton
  • Rock and roll - John Entwhistle. If you stretch that more to best bass player ever, then I would go with Larry Graham of (Sly and the Family Stone/Graham Central Station).
  • Geddy Lee.
  • Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire .... I think it's Lee!!
  • Geddy Lee of Rush
  • John Entwhistle
  • Well here is another vote for Geddy Lee, we all know who he plays for. I have seen them live many times. He plays bass, sings and plays a keyboard with his feet, all at the same time.. incredible...
  • Clearly, John Entwistle was the greatest and best player, innovative, and a good teacher.
  • idk if you would consider this rock and roll, but im gonna say Nikki Sixx.
  • BILLY SHEEHAN or Jaco pastorus..(sp.)...Geddy Lee -if ya really wanna be an overall master musician..
  • John entwhistle is the best- he's great techncally and was very influential in the bass community. but it's pretty close between others, like Les Claypool, Flea, James Jamerson, and others
  • Paul McCartney (The Beatles) John Entwhistle (The Who) Geddy Lee (Rush) Les Claypool (Primus) Cliff Burton (Metallica) Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Toshiya (Dir En Grey) Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) Victor Wooten Adam Clayton (U2) Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher)
  • Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
  • The bassists over time are broad; in these areas it would probably be the following: Imagination: Paul McCartney Innovation: Larry Graham Style: Vic Wooten Musicianship: Jaco Pastoruis Speed: Uriah Duffy Sound: John Entwhistle
  • Rick Danko
  • I think McCartney was probably the best in terms of doing whatever worked best for a particular song. However, in terms of overall skill, genius, talent, and technique, I'd have to say Chris Squire wins, with Les Claypool coming in at a very close second.
  • Jaco is the all time greatest but you asked rock and roll bassist...Les Claypool is a freak of nature, John Entwistle was awesome and very underrated..my favorite however is Mark King from Level 42
  • Johnny E and Pauly McC Also the never-recognized Rancid bassist Matt Freeman. Listen to Maxwell Murder by Rancid and tell me he isn't good.
  • I have two underrated bass players for you: Norman Watt Roy from the Blockheads, always with really catchy and intricate bass lines: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=u6idHmoe5EM http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=2DDMG3B0StY&feature=related http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=6hdHCq2GpNo&feature=related and Hellmut Hattler from the German band Kraan: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=f1OGPkfoS2Y http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=kmrA3wkbJV8&feature=related
  • john "the ox" entwhistle! ;)
  • flea hands down can play multiple styles well. Visit my guitar site here"http://www.squidoo.com/metalguitar777"
  • Bassist Justin Chancellor from the band tool. he is awesome, but don't just take my word on it listen for yourself.
  • I'd vote for Geddy Lee. Can't discount the other cats like Entwistle and John Paul Jones and Chris Squire. They're all monsters.
  • this is all a bit openionated but i would say Billy Sheehan or duff mckagan
  • I know a lot of people don't like the Grateful Dead, but you must admit that Phil Lesh is an awesome bass player. Sit back and listen to one of their concert recordings, and see if you don't agree. He really makes that band!
  • Geddy Lee, John Taylor, Larry Graham and my boyfriend! hehe!
  • oops, it said rock and roll...and Larry Graham was funk...opps ok Geddy Lee, Flea
  • Eric Clapton
  • John Paul Jones,Bob Daisley,Paul Mcartney,Billy Shehan,Cliff Burton,Glenn Hughes,Geezer Butler,Jimmy Bain and the list goes on...
  • Jack Bruce (Cream). Felix Pappalardi (Mountain).
  • IMHO Jaco Pastorius. +4
  • Me! Ha! Really, thats a hard question. Its really a matter of taste. I mean, is there only one guitarist in rock-n-roll to take the "best?" And rock is really a LARGE area to cover.The examples above is a great way to start.

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