David Essex / Rock On

It is among the most astonishing bass passages in the history of pop music as it sounded like nothing before it; and nothing like it has been heard since. UK session ace Herbie Flowers blew minds (and home audio speakers) on David Essex smash hit “Rock On” (1973). Akin to his ingenious plot to earn twice his session wage for Lou’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” Herbie double-tracked his part.

Significantly detuning the E string of his blue Fender Jazz which the engineer further submerged with a wobbly delay effect, Mr. Flowers upped his remuneration from £12 to £24!