|Birth name||Kenneth Aaronson|
14 April 1952 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Associated acts||Dust, Stories, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve, New York Dolls, The Yardbirds|
|G&L JB 3Tone Sunburst-Rosewood|
Kenny Aaronson (born April 14, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American bass guitar player. He has recorded and performed with several notable artists, such as Billy Idol, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Hall and Oates.
Early life and career
He started playing drums at the age of eleven, following in his older brother's footsteps. Aaronson switched to electric bass at the age 14 after becoming enamored by the bass on Motown records and was strongly influenced by James Jamerson. As a teenager, he played bass for Brooklyn-based hard rock band Dust, which included Marc Bell (a.k.a. Marky Ramone), which released two albums in 1971 and '72 on the Kama Sutra label. In 1973, Aaronson joined the New York band Stories, whose single,"Brother Louie", reached #1 on the Billboard, Cashbox and Record World charts.
In 1988 Aaronson was named Bassist of the year by Rolling Stone. That year Aaronson also toured with Bob Dylan, but he was forced to leave the tour after developing skin cancer. Aaronson underwent surgery, which was successful in defeating the disease. Aaronson was the bassist in the house band for the MTV Guitar Greats Show where along with Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell and Michael Shrieve, he backed up artists such as Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Dickie Betts, Link Wray, Neal Schon, Johnny Winter, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi and Dave Gilmour. Kenny also auditioned for the Rolling Stones in 1994.
Aaronson has toured and recorded with a variety of artists including Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, Brian Setzer, Dave Edmunds, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Michael Shrieve), Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon (musician), Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer and Joan Jett among others. Aaronson was a regular member of Jett's backing group the Blackhearts from 1991 to 1995. Aaronson was one of the few Blackheart band members to co-write a track with Jett. The song, "World Of Denial", was recorded for the 1994 album "Pure and Simple" but was not released in the U.S. until 2001's Fit To Be Tied- Great Hits by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts".
July 2011 Aaronson has supported singer/songwriter John Eddie and played with Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves. He continues to produce music and perform studio work. In 2011, Aaronson recorded with ex Bongo's singer Richard Barone on a tribute album for The Runaways. Aaronson joined the New York Dolls and will be touring in the summer of 2011 supporting Mötley Crüe and Poison.
More recently, 2014 recorded with Gar Francis of the Doughboys, Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds and Bruce Ferguson of The Easy Out a self-titled full-length album under the name The Satisfactors. In June 2015 the first single of the album called Johnny Commando reached Top 10 in The Netherlands at Ned.FM Radio. In November 2015, he toured as the bassist for The Yardbirds.
- With Dust
- With Stories
- Brother Louie (1973)
- Traveling Underground (1973)
- With Rick Derringer
- Derringer (1976)
- Sweet Evil (1977)
- Derringer Live (1977)
- If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You (1978)
- Guitars And Women (1979)
- Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo: The Best Of Rick Derringer (1996)
- With Silver Condor
- Trouble At Home (1983)
- Through The Fire (1984)
- With Brian Setzer
- The Knife Feels Like Justice (1986)
- With Blue Öyster Cult
- With Billy Idol
- Vital Idol (1987)
- With Michael Monroe
- Not Fakin' It (1989)
- With Billy Squier
- Sixteen Strokes lap steel (1995)
- With Graham Parker
- Live from New York (1996)
- Driver's Eye (1999)
- With Tom Guerra and Scott Lawson (Mambo Sons)
- Mambo Sons (1999)
- With John Eddie
- Guy Walks into a Bar (2001)
- Who the Hell is John Eddie (2003)
- With Mountain
- Master of War (2007)
- With Dana Fuchs
- Lonely for a Lifetime (2003)
- Love to Beg (2011)
- With The Satisfactors
- The Satisfactors (2014)
- With Radio Exile
- Radio Exile (2015)
- Contributor to "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", The biography of James Jamerson (1989)
- Soundtrack "Porky's Revenge" (1990)
- Tribute to Otis Blackwell "Brace Yourself" with Joe Louis Walker, Debbie Harry, Ronnie Spector, Kris Kristofferson, Graham Parker, Smithereens(1994)
- Sound Track "Boys on the Side" (1995)
- "KENNY AARONSON - FROM DUST TO DYLAN". tomguerra.com. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Colin Larkin: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Third edition. Macmillan, New York, N.Y. 1998.