Nigel Harrison (Blondie, Silverhead, Ray Manzarek)


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


A bassist, composer, and co-writer of “One Way of Another,” “Union City Blue,” and “Eat to the Beat” – Nigel Harrison anchored Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie during their classic run which included such seminal sides as 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 solo! “Atomic”




Harrison also worked the harmonic and rhythmic foundation for 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). Nigel was the bassist with Ray Manzarek’s Nite City,  and Chequered Past with bassist Tony Sales moonlighting on guitar, Des Barres, Frank Infante, and Steve Jones.


 Silverhead “Sixteen and Savaged”


 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”