John Entwistle

(1944—2002) songwriter and guitarist

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b. John Alec Entwistle, 9 October 1944, Chiswick, London, England, d. 27 June 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As bass player (and occasional French horn player) in the Who, Entwistle provided the necessary bedrock to the band’s individual sound. His immobile features and rigid stage manner provided the foil to his colleagues’ impulsive pyrotechnics, yet paradoxically it was he who most enjoyed performing live. His stature as an important rock bass player was enhanced by his outstanding performance on the Who’s 1973 double album, Quadrophenia. The sole member to undergo formal musical tuition, having played the French horn with the Middlesex Youth Orchestra, Entwistle quickly asserted his compositional talent, although such efforts were invariably confined to b-sides and occasional album tracks. His songs included ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘Someone’s Coming’ and ‘My Wife’, but he is generally recalled for such macabre offerings as ‘Boris The Spider’, ‘Whiskey Man’ and his two contributions to Tommy, ‘Fiddle About’ and ‘Cousin Kevin’. These performances enhanced a cult popularity and several were gathered on The Ox, titled in deference to the bass player’s nickname.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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