Willie Weeks
American bassist
Willie Weeks
Willie Weeks is an American bass guitarist. He has gained fame performing with famous musicians in a wide variety of genres. He has been one of the most in-demand session musicians throughout his career. Weeks has also gained notoriety touring with many of rock's heavyweights throughout his career. In 2006–2007 he was most visible as the chosen bassist for Eric Clapton's house band, during his world tour with the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Core Bites for Sept. 20
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
Misha Dichter joins philharmonic for opener The Brevard Philharmonic will launch its new season at 3 p.m. Sunday with pianist Misha Dichter at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College. Dichter burst onto the world's music scene in 1966, winning the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition when he was just 20 and a student at the Juilliard School. He made his New York debut in 1968 with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. He will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," Op. 43, with the orchestra. Dichter was born in Shanghai, where his parents had fled from their native Poland at the outbreak of World War II. They eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he began piano lessons at 6. Since winning the silver at the Tchaikovsky half a century ago, he has had a nearly nonstop career as soloist with major orchestras around the world and as a chamber musician, often performing duo-piano works with h ...
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Music Review: Boz Scaggs - Memphis
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Music Review: Boz Scaggs - Memphis Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 1:16 am, Monday, March 4, 2013 Memphis represents the best of both extremes, a set of 13 well-chosen soul tracks (including two originals), backed by legends of the music city that lends the album its title. Recorded at Royal Studio, site of Al Green's greatest sessions, producer/drummer Steve Jordan captures an early '70s vintage sound from a crew of classic hands, including Spooner Oldham on electric piano, Ray Parker Jr. on guitars, Willie Weeks on bass, the Memphis Horns, and string arranger, Lester Snell. Scaggs has recently toured with a veritable super group, Dukes of September, that includes Donald Fagen, making the presence of a Steely Dan song less unusual than it might otherwise have been, and this arrangement of "Pearl ...
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Bass boys from Bristol
The Times of India - about 4 years
In a world obsessed with dubstep, Will Weeks and Jim Bastow are quite the exception.
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Mays re-emerges, Doobies' sign-off, two more Gallagher gems, rock/heavy metal ... - SunHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
Guitarist/vocalist Pat Simmons, keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudsen, guitarist/violinist John McFee, sax/keyboardist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McKracken, bassist Willie Weeks and percussionist Bob LaKind were
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Doobie Brothers' Pat Simmons Reflects on '82 Farewell, 'Personal' Rock Hall Snub - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
... keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks and conga player Bob LaKind
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Local Spin of the Week: Grand Rapids' Brian Vander Ark - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
It's the second time Vander Ark has recorded an album at Szymcyzk's studio in North Carolina and it's easy to hear why: the tracks scream professionalism and sonic beauty -- with the help of talented musicians Steuart Smith, Bob Pelander, Willie Weeks
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Eric Clapton faz show em Porto Alegre dia 6 de outubro - Jornal Agora
Google News - over 5 years
Para os shows, Clapton montou uma banda única, que reúne alguns de seus grandes parceiros de longa data: Steve Gadd na bateria, Willie Weeks no baixo e Chris Stanton nos teclados, além de Michelle John e Sharon White nos backing vocals
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Eric Clapton se presenta en octubre en Chile - Puranoticia
Google News - over 5 years
El legendario guitarrista se presentará en el Estadio Nacional el próximo 16 de octubre, y llegará acompañado por Steve Gadd (batería), Willie Weeks (bajo), Chris Stainton (teclado), Tim Carmon (teclado), y la voz de Michelle John y Sharon White
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Doobie Bros. DVD captures a fond farewell - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
... powerhouse comprised of Simmons, McDonald, drummers Keith Knudsen and Chet McCracken, guitarist/violinist/ harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, bassist Willie Weeks and conga player Bobby LaKind
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Pré-venda para o show de Eric Clapton em São Paulo começa nesta terça - EXAME.com
Google News - over 5 years
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Shows de Eric Clapton têm preços definidos - OsPaparazzi
Google News - over 5 years
O chamado "Deus da Guitarra" faz turnê no país acompanhado de Steve Gadd, Willie Weeks e Chris Stanton. Serviço para os shows de Eric Clapton: O guitarrista se apresenta em Porto Alegre no dia 6 de outubro (Fiergs - Avenida Assis Brasil, 8787)
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WIN: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE 1982 on CD or DVD! - Kik Axe Music and Entertainment
Google News - over 5 years
... keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks, and conga player Bob
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Concerto Pino Daniele ed Eric Clapton, apre una superband internazionale - MelodicaMente
Google News - over 5 years
Lo spettacolo avrà inizio alle ore 21 con l'apertura di una band d'eccezione: Steve gadd (batteria), Willie Weeks (basso), Christopher Stainton (piano, Hammond e Keyboards) e Gianluca Podio (piano e keyboards) . Il concerto unico di Pino Daniele ed
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Saiba como é o show que Eric Clapton trará ao Brasil - Pernambuco.com
Google News - over 5 years
Velhos companheiros do guitarrista, o baterista Steve Gadd eo baixista Willie Weeks cuidam do andamento, que, apesar da velocidade reduzida, tem lá suas armadilhas. Ainda mais quando “Hoochie Coochie Man”, o blues mais famoso do repertório de mestre
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Blues guitarist Principato plays free Erie show - GoErie.com
Google News - over 5 years
This CD, however, he recorded with a little help from his friends: keyboard greats Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton) and Brian Auger (Oblivion Express), current Eric Clapton bassist Willie Weeks, guitar slinger Sonny Landreth, Memphis Horns
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Smarter in Sixty Seconds: Don't Hesitate, Collaborate - SonicScoop
Google News - over 5 years
Then take just one of the many credited musicians; Willie Weeks, an incredible bass player. Just a very partial discography of legendary artists he has played with include BB King, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Winwood, Aretha Franklin, George Harrison,
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Classic Doobie Brothers Coming To CD and DVD - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
... keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, drummer Keith Knudson, guitarist/violinist/harmonica player John McFee, saxophonist/keyboardist/flautist Cornelius Bumpus, drummer/percussionist Chet McCracken, bassist Willie Weeks, and conga player Bob
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Eric Clapton kopplade gre... (07:44) - Expressen
Google News - over 5 years
Vad: På turnén har han med sig Steve Gadd (trummor), Willie Weeks (bas), Chris Staiton (klaviatur) samt Michelle John och Sharon White på kör. Turné: Oslo imorgon, Herning i Danmark på lördag. Bäst: Clapton är inte bara gitarrist, han är även en
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Willie Weeks
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 66
    In 2014 he began using his "WW" Willie Weeks signature bass by Bee Basses.
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  • 2009
    Age 61
    On the 2009 Australasian and British tours, Weeks played Fender, Kay and Alleva Coppolo basses.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    Weeks also played bass at the Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28, 2007 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Willie Weeks played with Ask Rufus, the precursor band to Rufus with Chaka Khan. He appeared on their recording of Al Kooper's song,"Brand New Day." Weeks also played with the Fabulous Amazers and Bill Lordan (pre Robin Trower drummer) in the Minnesota group, Gypsy. He also played bass guitar for Michael's Mystics back in the 60's in Minnesota. Bill Lordan was the drummer of that band as well. That band recorded "Pain" by the Grassroots, a big hit locally for the Mystics.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006–2007 he was most visible as the chosen bassist for Eric Clapton's house band, during his world tour with the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina and began playing the electric bass in the early 1960s. His earliest influences were the country, pop and R&B music he heard on the radio. Weeks counts bassists Ron Carter, James Jamerson, and Ray Brown as early influences. Weeks has worked in the studio and/or toured with artists as varied as Gregg Allman, David Bowie, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Buffett, Kevin Chalfant, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Hank Crawford, Robert Cray, Pino Daniele, Bo Diddley, The Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Vince Gill, Isaac Hayes, George Harrison, Etta James, Billy Joel, Rickie Lee Jones, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Gail Davies, David Lee Roth, Michael McDonald, Don McLean, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Bette Midler, Randy Newman, Pino Palladino, John Scofield, Carly Simon, Soulive, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Richard and Linda Thompson, Joe Walsh, Bobby Womack, Leon Russell, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Wood, and Eikichi Yazawa.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    Weeks appeared in the films Blues Brothers 2000 (in a fictional supergroup along with other musicians he's worked with) and Lightning in a Bottle.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 15
    Weeks used a sunburst 1963 P-Bass during Clapton's 2008 European Summer tour.
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  • 1962
    Age 14
    In addition to his red 1962 P-Bass, Weeks also uses a maple-neck 1958 Precision, and a 1964 Jazz Bass, as well as a tobacco sunburst Kay four-string acoustic bass for Clapton's "unplugged repertoire".
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    Weeks played a 1962 Fender P-Bass through an Ampeg SVT amplifier on the recording (though it had initially been reported that he played through an Ampeg B-15).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on August 5, 1947.
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