Marshall Lytle - Slap Bass for Bill Haley

One of my biggest early influences for my slap bass playing was Marshall Lytle.  Marshall originally was a guitar player (like me) and also was a songwriter (like me).  He was taught how to play the slap bass by Bill Haley (his band leader) (like my band leader did) and Marshall wrote the 1st Bill Haley and the Comets hit "Crazy Man Crazy".  Marshall strung his bass with the D and G strings gut, and the E and A strings silver wound.  I copied this set-up for my playing in the early 1990's.  I had the pleasure of meeting Marshall at the Denver Rockabilly Weekender in 1995.  He was as good then as he was in 1955, and still did all the antics contained in the video here -


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