Bass Guitar Coloring Pages

In 1953, Monk Montgomery became the first bassist to tour with the Fender bass guitar, in Lionel Hampton’s postwar big band. Montgomery was also possibly the first to record with the bass guitar, on July 2, 1953, with the Art Farmer Septet. [full citation needed] Roy Johnson (with Lionel Hampton), and Shifty Henry (with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five), were other early Fender bass pioneers. Bill Black, who played with Elvis Presley, switched from upright bass to the Fender Precision Bass around 1957. The bass guitar was intended to appeal to guitarists as well as upright bass players, and many early pioneers of the instrument, such as Carol Kaye, Joe Osborn, and Paul McCartney were originally guitarists.

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