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 51-72 of 72 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-72 of 72 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bushnell, Bob," accessed June 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

Bushnell, Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201334.

"Bushnell, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 June 2021.

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

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