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Andy Simpkins

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Andy Simpkins
Birth nameAndrew Simpkins
Born(1932-04-29)April 29, 1932
Richmond, Indiana
DiedJune 2, 1999(1999-06-02) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California
Associated actsThe Three Sounds, Sarah Vaughan, Pat Boone

Andrew Simpkins (April 29, 1932 – June 2, 1999) was an American jazz bassist.

Born in Richmond, Indiana, he first became known as a member of the group The Three Sounds, with which he performed from 1956 to 1968.[1] After that, until 1974, he was a member of pianist George Shearing's group, and from 1979 to 1989 toured with singer Sarah Vaughan. Throughout and after that time, during which he settled in Los Angeles, Simpkins became respected as a top-quality bassist and widely known as a solid and reliable studio musician.[1] He performed with singers Carmen McRae and Anita O'Day, instrumentalists Gerald Wiggins, Monty Alexander, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, and Stéphane Grappelli, and many others. He recorded three albums as a leader.[1] He also played acoustic bass on the 1997 covers album In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy by artist Pat Boone.

Simpkins died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles.[2]


With The Three Sounds

With Pat Boone

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Teddy Edwards

With Victor Feldman

With Lalo Schifrin

With Natalie Cole

With George Shearing and Stéphane Grappelli

With Robert Palmer

With Joe Williams and George Shearing

With Sarah Vaughan


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