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Chuck Rainey was once tagged as 'the hardest working bass player in America'. In his career he has played bass on successful television shows, motion pictures and recordings. He is known for his legendary style, feel and concept of the bass and it's role in organized music. His unique bass lines accent numerous commercials and are an integral part of today's music across many music viewing and listening fronts. And we are so proud that Mr. Rainey plays a Bobby Vega bass.
Mr. Rainey toured and recorded with some of the most prominent artists of our time. They include King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Etta James, The original Coasters, Jackie Wilson, Harry Bellefonte, Al Kooper, The Supremes, Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Quincy Jones. And as of 2003, Chuck Rainey's bass lines and rhythm influence are the documented backbone of the original hit recordings of many inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These artists include; Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Rascals and Steely Dan.
A recipient of a grant from The Ohio Arts Council in 1981, Mr. Rainey joins the group of a selected few 'music sidemen' who have been a recipient of prestigious awards. They include; 17 platinum or gold records, The Dean Markley 'Life Time Of Achievement' award, Bass Player Magazine/New York Bass Collective 'Life Time Achievement' award, a record 35 year consecutive placement in the top 10 music poll (category - bass) in Downbeat and Playboy magazines and the list goes on.
Mr. Rainey has written and taught the first bass course curriculums for The Musicians Institute/B.I.T. and Dick Grove Music Works Shops. He was among the first celebrated musicians to write teaching columns in Guitar Player and Bass Player Magazines in the 70's. His early monthly columns alongside the crew of that time, set the format of success inherited by columnist writing the same columns today.
Check out his website; www.chuckrainey.com for more information.
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