Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare was a Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer, best known as the one half of the reggae rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie, with drummer Sly Dunbar.
Robbie Shakespeare was born on 27 September 1953, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was considered one of the most influential reggae bassists and also known for his creative use of electronics and production effects units. This earned him the nickname “Basspeare”.
Robbie Shakespeare’s career breakthrough came when he helped carry Family Man’s brother Carlton Barrett’s drums into the studio and help set up the drums. This help him to sneak into the studio and wait outside as bands recorded.
Robbie Shakespeare died on 8 December 2021 following kidney surgery in Florida.
What Bass did Robbie Shakespeare use?
Robbie Shakespeare used the following basses during his active years.
- Höfner 500/1 bass, a model of electric bass manufactured by Höfner under several varieties
- Fender Jazz Bass, the second model of electric bass created by Leo Fender
- Schecter eight-string bass
- PRS bass, an American guitar and amplifier manufacturer located in Stevensville, Maryland.