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John Entwistle

John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 27 June 2002) English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, is best known as the bass guitarist for The Who. John Entwistle''s aggressive lead sound influenced rock bass players such as Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Geddy Lee (Rush), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Cliff Burton (metallica), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Chris Squire (Yes).

Entwistle''s lead instrument approach used pentatonic lead lines, and a then-unusual trebly sound created by roundwound RotoSound steel bass strings. He had a collection of over 200 instruments by the time of his death 2002, reflecting the different brands Entwistle used over his career: Fender and Rickenbacker basses in the 1960s, Alembic''s basses in the 1970s, Warwick in the 1980s, and Status all-graphite basses in the 1990s.