“It’s hard to pick just one album, so I’m going with Greatest Hits because all of this stuff is so good. Larry Graham really brought such life to the music, and more importantly, he wrote hooks, the kind you usually associate with the guitar or keyboards.
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) has a classic bassline for us thumb players. Everybody who was learning how to play in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s was influenced by this. But Larry could go minimal in a song like Everyday People. He rides the whole song out on eighth notes. Not only that, but he’s playing one note throughout – and with so much feel, too! [Laughs] That's pretty special.
“For me, a guy like Larry Graham was one of the musicians you had to look at and admire. He put some flash in, but he’d lay back and play the tune."