John ‘The Ox’ Entwistle


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 John Entwistle

The Wholigans have been very lucky & privileged over the years to have a few different versions of ‘The Ox ‘ who have played with us.

If one ‘Ox’ can’t make the gig then one of the others can, all are very competent players and have played with us for many years.

Each one brings his amazing Thunderfingers to the stage & ‘The Quiet One’  becomes not too quiet.


Dave ‘Gater’ Smith , Wholigans bassist since 1986 .
This man knows his way around a bass guitar inside n out !, and he has been a great friend over the last 28 years.
OH…the (censored) storys we could tell !

‘Seasoned Ox’

Watch Dave
1989  ‘Young Man Blues’

2003  ‘The Real Me’

2009   WGFA

‘Who Are You’

Sticker, black


Several other bassists have been and remain The Wholigans ‘OX’, as we are very fortunate to know the best bassists for the gig around the world.


Mark Tinker from Florida (since 2005) a great bass player and all around talented individual.
It’s a very interesting story on how Mark became a ‘Wholigan’ in 05, I have it saved on a cd somewhere and will dig it out soon


Name: Mark Tinker

Lives in: Florida

Occupation: Portraying John Entwistle in the Wholigans

Basses of choice: Fender Precision Bass, Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass (Non – Reverse Style)



4 X 4X12’S

Hiwatt Custom 50 Watt Head, Fender Bassman 400H 350 Watt Head,  Sunn 2×15 Cabinet

Favorite WHO Albums: (In this order) Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers, Live at Leeds, Who’s Next, and Tommy

Favorite Townshend/WHO songs: Going Mobile, Sea And Sand , Substitute, I’m A Boy, Blue Red and Grey, Pure And Easy, Naked Eye

Favorite Entwistle/Who songs: Heaven and Hell, Fiddle About, Success Story, My Wife, Whiskey Man, Boris the Spider, Had Enough

Best Thing About Being a Wholigan: 

“Being able to perform music that I love very dearly and close to my heart to people who feel the same as I do about The ‘Oo. 

John Entwistle, the man was a pure genius of the bass guitar, he brought a unique style to the bass in the same way of what Hendrix did for the electric guitar.  

 I know there are players out there that use the technical aspect of his playing in order to achieve the level that he was at ,but what I try to bring to my interpretation is by channeling the energy that  consumed his playing. 

One can watch videos and copy the records note for note and that’s fine,  however, I believe that in order to properly serve justice to the music of the WHO, you have to have to capture that same feeling of emotion and raw energy as the real deal. 

There can only be one WHO. 

We’re just paying homage to sight, sound, and spirit.”


“I’m better than im !!!.”…..or ‘How I got the Wholigans gig’
Coming soon





Ray Harris from Florida (2000)


Mike Bisch from LA (West coast LA 2007) the video is on Facebook, let me hunt it down(May 2014)

Craig Addecott who has played UK tours 2006 & 2008 & a one off gig in the Netherlands
April 2014

Reuben Drake from Florida 1999-2002


Not all of our bassists can always make the gig believe it or not, so if you think you have what it takes, put a bio and videos together and send it to

Being ‘John’ is not easy ,so please do your homework,  it’s not all about ‘the look’ or the gear.

You must be able to sing harmonies and be on par with the best bassist that ever lived.

and trust me it’s not all limo’s and brandy, …………just occasionally



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