Colin Hodgkinson

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Colin Hodgkinson
Hodgkinson with Ten Years After in 2015.
Hodgkinson with Ten Years After in 2015.
Background information
Born (1945-10-14) 14 October 1945 (age 78)
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
GenresJazz, post bop, blues, blues rock
Instrument(s)Bass Guitar, vocals
Years active1966–present

Colin Hodgkinson (born 14 October 1945, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England)[1][2] is a British rock, jazz and blues bassist, who has been active since the 1960s.


Hodgkinson played in several bands, but was even more prolific as a session and studio musician.[1]

Hodgkinson playing with Alexis Korner, (right) in 1980

He has worked with Chris Rea, The Eric Delaney Band, Back Door (of which he was co-founder),[1] Alexis Korner,[3] Whitesnake,[4] Jon Lord, Jan Hammer,[5] Paul Butterfield, The Spencer Davis Group, Pete York, and The Electric Blues Duo, as well as with Ian "Stu" Stewart's boogie-woogie band, Rocket 88. In 2007, Hodgkinson became a member of The British Blues Quintet, (along with Zoot Money, Maggie Bell, Miller Anderson and Colin Allen).

Guitar, bass, and sound[edit]

Hodgkinson is a musician who has developed a left-hander bass technique which can replace both lead and rhythm guitar if necessary,[6] (as exemplified by his work with the jazz-rock trio Back Door - line-up: saxophone, bass, drums). A typical gig involving Hodgkinson will be a solo slot in which he will render a bass and vocals only rendition of a classic blues song, a particular favourite being his take on Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues." This track was included in his solo album The Bottom Line, issued in 1998, which consists mostly of bass solos.[6]

On 28 October 2008, the Colin Hodgkinson Band released Back Door Too!, recorded with Rod Mason (saxophone) and Paul Robinson (drums).

In March 2014, Hodgkinson was announced as the new bass player for Ten Years After, following the departure of Leo Lyons two months prior.

Solo discography[edit]

  • The Bottom Line - 1998 - In Akustik
  • Back Door Too! - 2008 (Rokoko Records)

Selected discography[edit]

See also[edit]

  • The Rough Guide To Jazz
  • The NME Book of Rock (1976)


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1158/9. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Whitesnake Biography". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Members - Hodgkinson". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The Bottom Line - Colin Hodgkinson". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2019.

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