Remembering a very busy and talented bassist. John Wetton would have turned 71 today.
Wetton was one of Britain’s most respected and most in-demand bass players through the ’70s and ’80s, working with King Crimson on their final three albums (in their original incarnation), with Roxy Music in the mid-’70s and then solo projects from both Bryan Ferry and Eno of that band. He’d later record several albums with Phil Manzanera, Roxy’s guitarist and put out six solo studio records. Commercially, however, Wetton’s pinnacle was with Asia in the ’80s. He was the frontman for the super-group, being the chief writer, bassist and singer on most of their radio hits.
John grew up surrounded by music, but mostly classical…which he enjoyed. His brother was a serious classical organist and singer and young John began to play bass parts to help his brother practice at home. Alas, Wetton passed away in 2017 from cancer. Carl Palmer, his bandmate in Asia, said on John’s death, “as a musician he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts…I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile.”