There's been a rash of bassist deaths in the music world in recent weeks.
Pete Quaife, the original big-string plucker for British mod/pop band The Kinks, died on June 23 at the age of 66. Quaife founded the group with school pals Ray and Dave Davies and drummer Mick Avory in 1962.
Marvin Isley, a founding member of long-running soul/funk band The Isley Brothers, died on June 6 in Chicago at the age of 56. After joining the Isley's in 1973, he provided sophisticated bass lines on such tracks as "Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)," "That Lady," "I Wanna be With You," and "Between the Sheets."
Industrial-metal band Slipknot's Paul Gray died in a Des Moines hotel room on May 24 at the age of 38. According to police, autopsy results showed he died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute.