John Entwistle Biography

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Profile of the legendary Who bassist known as 'The Ox'. Often credited as the best bass player in rock 'n' roll, he died from a cocaine induced heart attack in Las Vegas, 2002.

John Entwistle found fame as part of The Who. The band came to prominence during the British rock and roll invasion of the 1960s.

Having been a member of The Confederates with Pete Townshend, he accepted an invitation from Roger Daltrey to join his band, The Detours. Following the addition of Keith Moon, this band changed their name to The High Numbers and finally The Who.

Nicknamed The Ox, Entwistle guitar playing was to become legendary thanks to his over-compensation for a lack a rhythm guitar in the band. Whilst not the principal songwriter of the group, he contributed a number of memorable tracks to The Who albums, including ‘Boris the Spider’ and ‘My Wife’.

His solo career was less successful than that of the groups, and the albums ‘Smash Your Head Against the Wall’, ‘Whistle Rhymes’, ‘Rigor Mortis Sets In’ and ‘Too Late the Hero’ all received mixed reviews.

Reuniting with the band for a farewell tour 1982 proved a little premature, and financial pressure forced them to tour again in 1989. The tour was panned by the critics.

In the late 90s, he formed the John Entwistle Band and released ‘Left for Live’ in 1999. In 2002, The Who had regrouped and were about to start an American tour when John died of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel.

Considered by many to be the best bass guitarist that ever lived, it is often said that he did for the bass what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar.

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