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Bushnell, Bob (1926-31st January 2016)

Six-string bass guitarist born Robert C. Bushnell in Brown Street, West Phildelphia, who was equally at home playing the blues, folk, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, and soul.  He learned how to play bass fiddle at junior high and once he’d graduated from West Philadelphia High School he moved to New York.

He performed with Jimmy Heath on an occasional basis in the 1940s as well as at Club 421 in Philadelphia and Louis Jordan’s Orchestra and his Tympany Five.

He later formed a group with his wife Elaine Dash Robinson, who he married in 1952.

When Tom Wilson decided to over-dub Simon & Garfunkel’sThe Sounds of Silence “, Bob was one of a triad of musicians enlisted for duty. You can also hear his handiwork on The Angel’s “My Boyfriend’s Back”. The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk”, Bobby Lewis’s “Tossin’ and Turnin'” and Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love is Strange”.

A one-time member of the Bill Doggett Combo, Bob has recorded with a plethora of musicians, including Eric Andersen, George Benson, John Coltrane, Neil Diamond, Sticks Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Tim Hardin, Janis Ian, Louis Jordan, King Curtis, Barbara Lewis, The Manhattan Transfer , Esther Phillips, Bobby Robinson, Jimmy Smith, Cal Tjader, and Kai Winding.

Simon & Garfunkel recordings
The Sounds of Silence (Paul Simon )
Columbia 4-43396 ZSP 111384 (US 45)

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