Tetsu Yamauchi

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Tetsu Yamauchi
Native name
Born (1946-10-21) October 21, 1946 (age 73)
Fukuoka, Japan
Genresrock, jazz
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsKossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit, Free, Faces

Tetsu Yamauchi (山内 テツ, Yamauchi Tetsu, born 21 October 1946) is a retired Japanese bass guitarist.


Yamauchi was born in Fukuoka, Japan. In the late 1960s, he played with Mickey Curtis and his band called Samurai. His involvement with Samurai led to him working as a session musician in both Tokyo and London. He became close friends with Ginger Baker and Alan Merrill. In 1972 he recorded the album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit with Free guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke, together with keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick. He subsequently joined Free for their final album. He then replaced Ronnie Lane in the Faces as their bass guitarist, but according to Ian McLagan, Yamauchi's recruitment turned out to be a mistake, because he was not the right type of bassist and had been hired to replace Lane without the rest of the band listening or meeting him beforehand and it was all too hasty; furthermore, McLagan stated that Yamauchi was a party boy who thought it would be all about drinking when McLagan, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones tried to minimize the drinking and be more creative.[citation needed] Pete Buckland believes that Phil Chen, being more versatile, might have been a better choice of replacement bassist, but McLagan disagreed and believed that it would not have worked with Chen either, but did concede that Yamauchi was not a good choice and had they been in London, they might have found a decent bassist after Lane quit.[1] According to Stewart, Yamauchi was "a sweet Japanese guy who barely spoke English", but because of his inability to speak the same language as his bandmates, they found it difficult to understand how he was feeling.[2]

After the Faces broke up, Yamauchi continued working as a session musician.[3][4]

In the late 1970s, Yamauchi returned to Japan, continuing to work as a session musician, as well as touring and recording with bands and artists such as Tetsu and the Good Times Roll Band. He retired from the music industry in the mid 1990s and moved to the countryside with his family to live a quiet life, refusing to speak to anyone from the press. He considers it juvenile and vain for people his age to still be performing rock and roll, and refused invitations to take part in a Faces reunion.[5]



  • Tetsu (1972)
  • Kikyou (1976)
  • Dare Devil (1992) with Peter Brötzmann, Shoji Hano, Haruhiko Gotsu
  • Friends (1998), with Hiroshi Segawa, Ken Narita
  • Tetsu & The Good Times Roll Band Live (2009). Recorded in 1976

with Samurai[edit]

  • Samurai (1970)
  • Kappa (1971)

With Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit[edit]

with Free[edit]

with the Faces[edit]


  1. ^ Rob Hughes. "Faces: "Ryan O'Neal loved us, in LA he used to be my drinks roadie"". Loudersound.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ Rod Stewart (23 May 2013). Rod: The Autobiography. Arrow Books. p. 146. ISBN 978-0099574750.
  3. ^ "Faces official website". The-faces.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
  4. ^ Discogs.com Details his releases in the jazz genre
  5. ^ "About Rod - News, May 15, 2011: Tetsu Yamauchi and his family are fine". Rodstewartfanclub.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18.