Nigel Harrison (Blondie, Silverhead)


Tune in to classic rock radio and you’ll likely hear this cat laying down the grooves on his Fender Precision…


Co-writer of “One Way of Another,” “Union City Blue,” and “Eat to the Beat” – Nigel Harrison anchored three consecutive classic slabs for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978), Eat to the Beat (1979), and Autoamerican (1980).


“One Way or Another”


“Union City Blue”


“Eat to the Beat”


Dig Nigel’s bass break on “Atomic”



Harrison also anchored one of rock’s great unheralded ensembles – Silverhead – helmed by Michael Des Barres.


Silverhead waxed two magnificent sides: Silverhead (1972) and 16 and Savaged (1973)…


Dig Nigel on Silverhead’s “Sixteen and Savaged”


Jerry also worked the bass chair for Nite City with Ray Manzarek,  and Chequered Past with bassist Tony Sales moonlighting on guitar, Des Barres, Frank Infante, and Steve Jones.


 Nigel in the pocket with Nite City on their signature tune:


Chequered Past “A World Gone Wild”


Nigel’s punchy octaving riffage on “Heart of Glass” made “disco” (somewhat) acceptable to rockers!


“Heart of Glass”


Nigel’s weapons of choice were maple neck Fender Precision basses!