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Giuseppe Henry "Pino" Palladino (born 17 October 1957) is a Welsh bassist and record producer. A prolific session musician, he is perhaps best known for his bass playing on D'angelo's Voodoo (2000). Additionally, he has played with The Who (following the death of founding member John Entwistle) from 2002 to 2016, and the John Mayer Trio from 2005 to present.
Palladino performing with The Who in 2008
|Birth name||Giuseppe Henry Palladino|
|Born||17 October 1957|
|Genres||Rock, soul, funk, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Bassist, songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Paul Young, The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Soultronics, The RH Factor, Gary Numan, Jeff Beck, Nine Inch Nails, D'Angelo, Gary Moore|
Born in Cardiff to an Italian father from Campobasso and a Welsh mother, Palladino began playing electric guitar at age 14 and bass guitar at 17. He bought his first fretless bass one year later, playing mostly R&B, funk, and reggae with a rock and roll backbeat.
In 1982, Palladino recorded with Gary Numan on the album I, Assassin. Following this, he was asked to contribute to Paul Young's debut album. Young's cover version of "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" by Marvin Gaye became a hit in Europe, and Palladino subsequently joined Young's band, the Royal family. He received offers to record with Joan Armatrading, Go West, and David Gilmour. He cites as early influences James Jamerson, Danny Thompson, and Norman Watt-Roy and also admires Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Michael Henderson, Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller, and Rocco Prestia.
The Who's bassist John Entwistle died the night before the start of their first tour in two years. Palladino became the band's bass guitarist on tour. In 2006, he joined the remaining band members on their first album in twenty-four years, Endless Wire. He played with The Who at the Super Bowl XLIV half-time show in 2010 with Simon Townshend on guitar, Zak Starkey on drums, and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards. In 2012, he toured with The Who on their Quadrophenia revival. He stopped touring with The Who in 2016, but is still occasionally involved in studio sessions, appearing on their 2019 album titled Who.
Palladino met Steve Jordan in the mid-1980s while both were working as session musicians, which blossomed into a friendship. Jordan credits Palladino's apparent ability to "feel" changes in music, through melodies, basslines, and an embrace of genres of nearly every kind. According to Jordan, he had planned to meet up with John Mayer and Willie Weeks in January 2005 to perform Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope for victims of the tsunami that struck southeast Asia. Weeks was unable to make the performance, and Jordan suggested Palladino, who had heard some of Mayer's work and was willing to come. Beginning a set that included the Jimi Hendrix song "Bold as Love", the three found a chemistry together. They recorded an album and toured as a trio.
They released the album Try!, on 22 November 2005. The eleven-track live album includes cover versions of "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Jimi Hendrix and "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles, two songs from Mayer's album Heavier Things, and new songs by Mayer. In addition, Mayer, Palladino, and Jordan are credited as songwriters on three songs: "Good Love Is on the Way", "Vultures", and "Try!". Palladino appeared on Mayer's third album Continuum, fourth album Battle Studies and seventh album The Search for Everything.
In March and April 2006, Palladino toured with Jeff Beck and played with J. J. Cale, and Eric Clapton on their 2006 album The Road to Escondido. In 2009, he formed a trio with keyboardist Philippe Saisse and Simon Phillips.
Palladino is noted for his use of the fretless bass on many 1980s albums. While it was typical for a bass guitar in a commercial track to have a rather generic sound and stay "playing the low notes", Palladino preferred a different sound, combining fretless tone with an octaver effect, and basslines that frequently added chords, lead lines, and counter melodies in the higher range of the instrument. Typical of this style was his playing on Paul Young's Wherever I Lay My Hat. His equipment at that time included a fretless Music Man StingRay Bass 1979 and Boss Octave pedal (OC-2).
Palladino first rose to prominence for his distinctive style employing a late-1970s, fretless, Music Man StingRay bass guitar. Later, from the 1990's and onward, he has most commonly been associated with a fretted Fender Precision. He used his 1963 Sunburst Fender Precision Bass on Voodoo, using heavy gauge LaBella strings (tuned down to DGCF), a foam mute, and an Ampeg B-15 amplifier. In recent years, he has also been seen playing a Jaguar bass, a Lakland Jazz Bass, and a Larry Graham Signature JJ-4B Bass by Japanese company, Moon Guitars.
The Fender Pino Palladino Signature Precision Bass is modeled after two of Pino's Fender Precision Basses. The body features faded fiesta red paint over desert sand paint, based on Palladino's 1961 Precision Bass, while the neck shape and round-lam rosewood fretboard are based on his 1963 sunburst Precision Bass.
Pino married Marilyn (Maz) Roberts, a former backing singer with the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts (part of Paul Young's Royal Family), in 1992 in Wales. They have three children: Fabiana, Giancarla and Rocco, who are all involved in the music industry.
With Paul Young
- 1983 No Parlez
- 1985 The Secret of Association
- 1986 Between Two Fires
- 1990 Other Voices
- 1993 The Crossing
With David Knopfler
With Don Henley
With Go West
With Elton John
With John Mayer
With Jeff Beck
With The Gaddabouts
With The Who
- 2006 Endless Wire
- 2014 Quadrophenia Live in London
- 2015 Live in Hyde Park
- 2017 Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival
- 1980 Joanna Forte, (Eagle/CBS Europe)
- 1982 Gary Numan, I, Assassin
- 1983 Nick Heyward, North of a Miracle
- 1984 David Gilmour, About Face
- 1985 Pete Townshend, White City: A Novel
- 1986 Chris Eaton, Vision
- 1986 Chris De Burgh, Into the Light
- 1988 Joan Armatrading, The Shouting Stage
- 1989 Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love
- 1989 Phil Collins, ...But Seriously
- 1989 Eric Clapton, Journeyman
- 1989 Julia Fordham, Porcelain
- 1990 The Christians, Colour
- 1990 Joan Armatrading, Hearts and Flowers
- 1990 Oleta Adams, Circle of One
- 1990 Mike Lindup Changes
- 1991 Julia Fordham, Swept
- 1992 Peter Cetera, World Falling Down
- 1993 Melissa Etheridge, Yes I Am
- 1993 David Crosby, Thousand Roads
- 1993 Michael McDonald, Blink of an Eye
- 1994 Bryan Ferry, Mamouna
- 1994 Carly Simon, Letters Never Sent
- 1995 Oleta Adams, Moving On
- 1995 Peter Cetera, One Clear Voice
- 1996 Richard Wright, Broken China
- 1996 Jimmy Nail, Crocodile Shoes II
- 1996 Duncan Sheik, Self-Titled Debut Album
- 1997 Steve Lukather, Luke
- 1997 B.B. King, Deuces Wild
- 1997 Garland Jeffreys, Wildlife Dictionary
- 1998 Eric Clapton, Pilgrim
- 1999 Robbie McIntosh, Emotional Bends
- 1999 Tina Turner, Twenty Four Seven
- 1999 Beverley Craven, Mixed Emotions
- 2000 Richard Ashcroft, Alone With Everybody
- 2000 Gerry Rafferty, Another World
- 2000 Erykah Badu Mama's Gun
- 2001 Nikka Costa, Everybody Got Their Something
- 2001 Eric Clapton, Reptile
- 2001 Rod Stewart, Human
- 2002 Ronan Keating, Destination
- 2003 Edie Brickell, Volcano
- 2004 Eric Clapton, Me and Mr. Johnson
- 2004 Daniel Bedingfield, Second First Impression
- 2005 Eric Clapton, Back Home
- 2005 Charlotte Church, Tissues and Issues
- 2005 Will Young, Keep On
- 2006 J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido
- 2006 Paul Simon, Surprise
- 2009 Gerry Rafferty, Life Goes On
- 2010 Alain Clark, Colorblind
- 2011 Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant
- 2011 Rebecca Ferguson, Editing Heaven
- 2011 Garland Jeffreys, The King of In Between
- 2011 Adele, 21
- 2011 Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
- 2012 Mika, The Origin of Love
- 2013 José James, No Beginning No End
- 2013 Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks
- 2015 Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart
- 2016 Keith Urban, Ripcord (album)
- 2016 John Legend, Darkness and Light
- 2016 Corinne Bailey Rae, The Heart Speaks in Whispers
- 2017 Ed Sheeran, ÷
- 2018 Bahamas, Earthtones
- 2018 José James, Lean On Me
- 2018 Kimbra, Primal Heart
- 2018 Josh Groban, Bridges
- 2019 Jacob Collier, Djesse Vol. 2
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