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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 playing with The Who (following the death of founding member John Entwistle) from 2002 to 2016, The Soultronics from 2000 to present, 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. The producer of the album asked him 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.
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).
The Fender Pino Palladino Signature Precision Bass is modelled after two of Palladino'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, 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 (Columbia)
- 1985 The Secret of Association (Columbia)
- 1986 Between Two Fires (Columbia)
- 1990 Other Voices (Columbia)
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 (Polydor)
- 2014 Quadrophenia Live in London (Universal)
- 2015 Live in Hyde Park (Eagle Rock / Universal)
- 2017 Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival (Eagle Rock / Universal)
- 1980 with Joanna Forte, (Eagle/CBS Europe)
- 1982 with Gary Numan, I, Assassin (Beggars Banquet)
- 1983 with Nick Heyward, North of a Miracle (Arista)
- 1984 with David Gilmour, About Face (Harvest)
- 1985 with Pete Townshend, White City: A Novel (Atco)
- 1986 with Chris Eaton, Vision (Reunion)
- 1986 with Chris De Burgh, Into the Light, (A&M)
- 1988 with Joan Armatrading, The Shouting Stage, (A&M)
- 1989 with Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love (Fontana)
- 1989 with Phil Collins, ...But Seriously (Warner Music Group)
- 1990 with The Christians, Colour (Island)[circular reference]
- 1990 with Oleta Adams, Circle of One (Fontana)
- 1990 with Mike Lindup Changes (Polydor)
- 1992 with Mango, Come l'acqua, (Fonit Cetra)
- 1993 with Melissa Etheridge, Yes I Am, (Island)
- 1995 with Claudio Baglioni, Io sono qui (CBS)
- 1996 with Richard Wright, Broken China
- 1996 with Duncan Sheik, Self-Titled Debut Album (Atlantic)
- 1997 with Steve Lukather, Luke (Columbia) 
- 1999 with Robbie McIntosh, Emotional Bends (album)
- 2000 with Richard Ashcroft, Alone With Everybody (Hut)
- 2000 with Erykah Badu, Mama's Gun (Motown)
- 2001 with Zucchero, Shake (Polydor)
- 2006 with J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido (Reprise)
- 2010 with Alain Clark, Colorblind (Warner Music Group)
- 2011 with Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant (429 Records)
- 2011 with Adele, 21 (XL)
- 2016 with Keith Urban, Ripcord (album) (Capitol Records Nashville)
- 2013 with Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks (Columbia)
- 2016 with John Legend, Darkness and Light (Columbia)
- 2017 with Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Asylum)
- 2018 with Bahamas, Earthtones (Brushfire)
- 2018 with Kimbra, Primal Heart (Warner Bros. Records)
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