Dennis Dunaway

Dennis Dunaway (born December 9, 1946 in Cottage Grove, Oregon) was the bass guitarist for The Spiders (Pre-Alice Cooper), The Earwigs (Pre-Alice Cooper), Alice Cooper group from 1969–1974. He co-wrote such hits as "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out". Dunaway's bass playing displayed varying influences including Latin ("Below Your Means"), Indian Raga ("Gutter Cat") and Jazzy Blues ("Crazy Little Child", "Blue Turk") along with many other genres. He incorporated all of these musical styles to help create a sound that could support the theatrical performance of the "on-stage" Alice Cooper persona. He had a Gibson EB-0 short scale bass, modified with a Fender Precision Bass split pickup in the treble position, that he spray painted green and called "the frog". He can be seen with it on the back cover of the Love it to Death album. He used this bass exclusively in the making of the original Alice Cooper group's first three albums. It currently is on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dennis would in time switch to a Fender Jazz bass. He had three.


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