Bob Bushnell

Robert C. Bushnell (born 1926) is an American bass player and guitarist who has appeared on dozens of albums and singles as a studio musician, including , Bobby Lewis's hit "Tossin' and Turnin'" (1961), "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels (1963), "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters (1964) and the remixed hit version of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" (1965).

Bushnell was born in West Philadelphia and attended Sulzberger Junior High School where he first learned how to play bass fiddle. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1945 and left for New York City shortly thereafter. He played occasionally with Jimmy Heath's band in the late 1940s, coinciding with John Coltrane.

He played in the first house band at Philadelphia's Club 421, a lineup led by Charlie Rice, and featuring Vance Wilson, Red Garland, and Johnny Hughes. He went on to become a member of Louis Jordan's bands (both the Orchestra and his Tympany Five). In 1952, he married the band's vocalist, Elaine Dash Robinson, with whom he later formed a group.

As a studio musician, he has appeared on albums by such artists as Tom Rush, Janis Ian, Gene Ammons, Jimmy Smith, Nina Simone, Ian & Sylvia, Tim Hardin, Van Morrison and many others.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1926

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, electric bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 72 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 76540 6/26/1950 I want a roof over my head Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76541 6/26/1950 Show me how Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76542 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76543 6/26/1950 Blue light boogie, part 2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76731 8/15/1950 Ain't nobody's business but my own Ella Fitzgerald ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76736 8/18/1950 Tambouritza boogie-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76737 8/18/1950 Chartreuse Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76738 8/18/1950 Lemonade-1 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76739 8/18/1950 It's a great, great pleasure Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76740 8/18/1950 You will always have a friend-2 Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76741 8/21/1950 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76742 8/21/1950 Trouble then satisfaction Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76743 8/21/1950 Crazy baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76744 8/23/1950 Life is so peculiar Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 76745 8/23/1950 (I'll be glad when you're dead) You rascal you Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80299 12/21/1950 Tear drops from my eyes Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80300 12/21/1950 If you've got some place to go Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80633 3/1/1951 Weak minded blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80634 3/1/1951 Is my Pop in there? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 80635 3/1/1951 I can't give you anything but love, baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81121 6/5/1951 If you so smart, how come you ain't rich ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81122 6/5/1951 Trust in me Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81123 6/5/1951 Louisville Lodge meeting Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81124 6/5/1951 How blue can you get ? Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81125 6/5/1951 Happy birthday boogie Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 72 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bushnell, Bob," accessed May 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

Bushnell, Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

"Bushnell, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 May 2021.

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