Mario Cipollina (Huey Lewis & The News)

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Coolest bass solo ever? You decide! Mario Cipollina “New Drug”


Most recognized for his tenure as the brooding bassist who anchored Huey Lewis & The News during their 1980s platinum run, Mario Cipollina also plied his craft quite impressively with his brother John for Quicksilver Messenger Service, Robert Hunter, Jonathan Cain, Tony Williams Lifetime (The Joy of Flying), Johnny Nitro, Bill Champlin, Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit, and Melvin Seals, among others.  

Beginning on upright bass at the tender age of seven, and turning to the electric at thirteen Mario draws his inspiration from classical music (his personal preference), Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Led Zeppelin, Captain Beefheart, and Miles Davis.


A pocket player with a flair for rhythm & blues, Mario is still on the bandstand in his native Bay Area.


Mario Cipollina Sound & Vision…


Tony Williams and Ronnie Montrose: “Open Fire”


Huey Lewis “Working for a Living”


Nick Lowe “I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll”


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