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

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  
Decca 81148 6/13/1951 May every day be Christmas Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81149 6/13/1951 Please don't leave me-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81150 6/13/1951 Bone dry Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81151 6/13/1951 I love that kinda carryin' on Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81152 6/13/1951 Three handed woman Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81153 6/13/1951 Fat Sam from Birmingham Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81321 7/30/1951 Cock-a-doodle doo Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81322 7/30/1951 Garmoochie Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81323 7/30/1951 There must be a way Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81908 11/28/1951 Come and get it Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81909 11/28/1951 Stop makin' music Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81910 11/28/1951 Slow down Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81911 11/28/1951 Work baby work Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81912 11/28/1951 Never trust a woman-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81913 11/28/1951 All of me Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81914 11/28/1951 There goes my heart Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 81915 11/28/1951 Lay something on the bar (Besides your elbows)-1 Louis Jordan Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82793 4/30/1952 Gimme gimme blues Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82794 4/30/1952 Junco partner Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82795 4/30/1952 Time marches on Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82796 4/30/1952 Azure-Te Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82797 4/30/1952 Oil well Texas Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82798 4/30/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82834 5/8/1952 Jordan for president Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 82835 5/8/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83681 12/3/1952 There's nothing else that I can do Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83682 12/3/1952 The soon-a baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83683 12/3/1952 You didn't want me baby Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 83684 12/3/1952 A man's best friend is a bed Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 115661 2/4/1965 No pity in the naked city Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 115662 2/4/1965 Better play it safe Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 115663 2/4/1965 Star dust Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 115664 2/4/1965 She'll be there Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 115665 2/4/1965 No time out Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116062 5/10/1965 No pity in the naked city Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116800 12/3/1965 Do you say you wanna dance Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116801 12/3/1965 Soul galore Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116802 12/3/1965 Let me build Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116803 12/3/1965 I've got to get back (Country boy) Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116804 12/3/1965 All my lovin' Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116899 1/11/1966 I got my mind made up Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116900 1/11/1966 3 days, 1 hour, 30 minutes Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116901 1/11/1966 What's done in the dark (Will one day come to light)-1 Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116902 1/11/1966 Your loss, my gain-1 Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116903 1/11/1966 Everything's gonna be fine Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116904 1/11/1966 Brand new thing, part 1 Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  
Decca 116905 1/11/1966 Brand new thing, part 2 Jackie Wilson instrumentalist, electric bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bushnell, Bob," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

Bushnell, Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

"Bushnell, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.

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