Ransom Knowling

Ransom Knowling, whose name sounds like the mutation of a kidnapping plot, played bass on at least one of the most influential records in rock history. He was part of the original rhythm section on Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's classic entitled "That's All Right" -- and in this case influence is measured by the extent to which certain important younger musicians were moved, namely Elvis Presley. Knowling's sense of time, a harbinger of when teenagers would seize control of pop music, was predictably developed through his association with various lively and important orchestras on the New Orleans jazz scene of the '20s and '30s.