Monday, October 14, 2013

John Entwistle

John Entwistle

John Entwistle's bass playing was legendary. But he was much more than bass player for The Who. 
Songwriter, producer, and horn player were just a few of the hat's he wore.

John was born in London, England in 1944 to musical parents, although they divorced early in his life and he was raised by his grandparents.

John's early musical training was on trumpet, french horn and piano. Early on he played traditional and Dixieland jazz before forming a duo with Pete Townshend. Later they both joined Roger Daltrey's and eventually became The Who (with Keith Moon as drummer).

 John Entwistle's playing style and sound were unique. During the course of his career he played many different basses (Fender, Danelectro, Rickenbacker, Gibson, Alembic, Warwick and Status) and owned more than 200 instruments. He typically set his bass to full treble and played loud, melodic lines, often following the pentatonic scale.

At times Entwistle was called "The Ox" for his strong constitution and, alternatively "Thunderfingers" for his fast "typewriter" plucking style.
Entwistle was one of the first bass players to use Mar
shall stacks and experimented with bi-amping (running high frequencies through one amp and lows through another).

John Entwistle died in 2002 from a heart attack one day before the beginning of The Who's US tour.