Rob Wasserman – Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison bassist – dies aged 64

The news was broken by his long-term collaborator, Bob Weir

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Rob Wasserman – who played bass with Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Bob Weir and many others – has died aged 64.

The news was broken by Weir, a long-serving musical collaborator.


A classically trained violinist, Wasserman moved to the upright bass when he was 20 and released his first jazz album, Solo, in 1983. He released four more solo albums.

Wasserman recorded with Van Morrison (Beautiful Vision), Lou Reed (New York, Magic And Loss, Lulu), Elvis Costello (Mighty Like A Rose), Rickie Lee Jones (Flying Cowboys, Naked Songs) among many others.

His last album, the six-CD set Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound, recorded with Jerry Garcia Band and Weir, was released in December 2013.

Wasserman and Weir created RatDog in the mid-’90s following the Grateful Dead’s break up in 1995.

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