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Why did you switch from playing guitar to bass When you were first starting out, and who were your bass influences during your early days? —Bernie Esser
I switched to bass because I got to play with Mel Galley in a band called Finders Keepers in 1966. I was 15 and he was 19, and he needed a bass player. A few years later we formed Trapeze in 1969. I looked up to Mel because I was very young. To me, he was in the same league as George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

My early bass influences were Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce and James Jamerson, who has probably played on more Motown hits than anyone else in history.

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