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 26-50 of 72 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 72 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334

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