Chuck Rainey, bassist
birth name: Charles Walter Rainey III

Chuck Rainey

June 17, 1940, Cleveland, OH

Chuck Rainey's style and innovations were a big influence on a lot of top players that followed him, including Jaco, Nathan East and Pino Palladino and along with James Jamerson he's one of the most important early R&B bassists. Some of his most famous work includes using chords and double stops with Steely Dan (and on this track) and his time and feel on countless records are as big a part of the history of bass as James Jamerson too. ~ Chuck Rainey/Until you come back to me ~ June 6, 2010 ©

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June 17, 1972 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Neil Diamond, Song Sung Blue ~ #2 (2) The Staple Singers, I'll Take You There ~ #1 (1) Sammy Davis Jr with The Mike Curb Congregation, The Candy Man


Chuck Rainey's bass lines have laid the foundation for many of the most popular songs in pop, rock, jazz and fusion that emerged from the '60s and '70s. From Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye to Steely Dan, he's played an integral part in the music of at least five Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. As a result, he is celebrated as the most recorded bassist in the history of recorded music, and for good reason: his double stops, slides, and syncopated grooves are legendary, and alongside James Jamerson, he remains one of the most influential players in our instrument's history. ~ No Treble: Stories behind the songs/Chuck Rainey ~ retrieved May 27, 2014 © No Treble

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Steely Dan ~ Pretzel Logic (1974) ~ Ranked #386 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ A sound that's slick and airtight without being cold. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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