Entwistle helped redefine the role of the bass player in rock music and has been cited as a major influence by successive generations of musicians. The only member of The Who to receive any formal musical training, and a former French horn player with the Middlesex Youth Orchestra, Entwistle latched onto rock ‘n’ roll in the late 50s. After playing with various skiffle and beat group ensembles, he became a founding member of The Who. With the group only featuring one guitar (Roger Daltrey having given up playing rhythm to concentrate on singing), Entwistle was forced to adapt his bass work to compensate. Playing extremely loudly and weaving in fills and countermelodies alongside the basic rhythm notes, Entwistle was a hive of musical activity on stage. Not that anyone would have realised, with the bass player adopting a dour, stationary demeanour at odds with the animated urgency of his colleagues. Entwistle also wrote some fine songs for The Who during their career, although these were naturally overshadowed by the work of main songwriter Pete Townshend. His 70s' solo albums were filled with material that was not considered by the group due to Townshend’s prolific work rate, but which stand up well next to the solo recordings of Townshend and Daltrey during the same era. Entwistle continued to work with The Who as and when they chose to play together, mixing this up with touring and recording with his own group. He died in a very rock ‘n’ roll fashion in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel in 2002.
Followers: Jack Bruce, Noel Redding, John Paul Jones
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