John Entwistle

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John Entwistle
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John Entwistle in 1976
Background information
Birth name John Alec Entwistle
Also known as The Ox
Born 9 October 1944
Chiswick, Middlesex, England
Died 27 June 2002 (age 58)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, French horn, vocals
Years active 1962 - 2002
Labels Polydor, MCA
Associated acts The Who
Notable instruments
Alembic Spyder
Warwick Buzzard

John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English musician who was best known as the bassist for the rock band The Who. His bass playing style influenced many other bass players who came after him.[1][2] Many people regard him as the greatest bassist in the history of rock music.

Entwistle's played his bass as a lead instrument At the time of his death he had a collection of over 200 instruments that reflected the different brands he used over his career: Fender, Rickenbacker, Alembic, Warwick were the brands he used most.

Entwistle played bass for The Who and as a solo performer from 1964 until 2002.

Entwistle died in a hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on 27 June 2002. The Las Vegas coroner said that he died of a heart attack caused by cocaine.[3]

In 1990, Entwistle was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who.

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