Chuck Rainey, bassist
birth name: Charles Walter Rainey III

Chuck Rainey

June 17, 1940, Cleveland, OH

My philosophy; Serve and assist the situation at hand with respectful listening - it’s all about the music and your instrument is your responsibility and it’s place in the overall mix of things must cooperate with the scheme of it all. ~ Chuck Rainey ~ Chuck Rainey Interview ~ retrieved May 27, 2014 © Blues.grz

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June 17, 2000 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (8) Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want ~ #2 (4) Faith Hill, Breathe ~ #1 (6) Aaliyah, Try Again


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

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Jackson Browne ~ The Pretender (1976) ~ Ranked #391 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Laid-back Southern California folk rock took on new weight with Browne's fourth album. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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