“Being a bass-player is like being a truck driver: you’re paid to arrive on time and safely at your destination!”
His repetitive, major 10th interval glissando from the I to the IV chords created rock’s greatest bassline on Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” With a blue 1960 Fender Jazz which he purchased from Manny’s in New York City for $79.00, Herbie Flowers emerged as the quintessential session player in his native UK. By way of his instantly recognizable tone which he often augments with a plectrum, coupled with his adventurous phrasing, Mr. Flowers melds his classical and jazz pedigree with his profound love of soul and blues.
You’ve heard Herbie with a wide array of artists including Serge Gainesbourg, Harry Nilsson, Roger Daltrey, Brian Ferry, the London Symphony Orchestra, Cat Stevens, Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water), David Bowie (Space Oddity, Diamond Dogs, David Live at the Tower Philadelphia), Al Kooper, David Essex (Rock On), T.Rex, and numerous records produced by Mickie Most, Richard Perry, Gus Dudgeon, and Tony Visconti.
Britain’s most prolific bassist, Herbie Flowers remains busy in the studio, concert halls, and in the music pubs of dear Old Blighty.