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Colin Greenwood

An English bass player for band, Radiohead.

He is the older brother of Johnny Greenwood, guitarist of Radiohead.

At the age of twelve Colin met up with fellow band mate Thom Yorke and other band mates Ed Obrien and Phil Selway.

Greenwood bought his first guitar at the age of fifteen and began lessons studying classical guitar. He was taught by Terence Gilmour-James. Gilmore-Janes introduced the band to jazz and film scores.

Among his greatest musical influences are Booker T and the MGs.
Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, those are the people who informed me in playing the bass. That combination of rhythm and melody.

Greenwood plays a number of instruments for Radiohead including electric- and acoustic bass, double bass, keyboards, samplers, and synthesizers, and a variety of percussive instruments. He favours Fender basses.

Greenwood was instrumental in creating the song "Dollars and Cents", which arose when he played his bassline over an Alice Coltrane record he particularly liked, brother Jonny set about creating an original string arrangement with the same vibe. "'Dollars and Cents' is Curtis Mayfield.

In 2003, Colin Greenwood was credited on Jonny Greenwood’s debut solo album Bodysong for playing bass on the track “24 Hour Charleston.”


Electric Basses.
Cream Fender Precision Bass, made in 1973

According to Radiohead's guitar tech, Peter "Plank" Clements, it is Greenwood's favourite. " it's all original including the pickups, fitted with Stadium Elites (strings) whilst touring, with other combinations used in the studio."

Music Man Stingray - Fender Jazz Bass - Fender Coronado bass - black Fender Telecaster Bass - black Fender Jaguar Bass.

Amps - combos used live and in the studio 240v Ampeg SVT-CLU classic head with standard valves into an Ampeg 8x10 cab.

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