Kate Bush on John Giblin: “We’ve all lost a great man and an unmatchable musician”

John Giblin performing on stage at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert
(Image credit: Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images & Pete Still/Redferns)

John Giblin – a celebrated session bassist who worked with some of the most influential figures in contemporary music – died May 14, aged 71.

Born in Bellshill, Scotland in 1952, Giblin began his career in the 1970s, and soon became a first call bass player for the likes of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – who first worked with Giblin on the Peter Gabriel song No Self Control, as well as her own hit single, Babooshka.

“Everyone loved John,” Bush wrote on her official website. “Everybody wanted to work with him because he was such a great talent. I loved working with him, not just because he was such an extraordinary musician, but because he was always huge amounts of fun. He loved to be pushed in a musical context, and it was really exciting to feel him cross that line and find incredibly gorgeous musical phrases that were only there for him.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.