John Alec Entwistle (Nicknamed "The Ox") is Probably the Most Influential Bassist in Rock Music. Before Entwistle Came Along as a Member of the Who, Bassists Seldom Stood Out for their Playing and Few Casual Listeners Knew Or Cared What Purpose the Four-stringed Instrument Served - after He Came Along, Everyone Knew. As a Songwriter, He Wasn't Nearly as Prolific as Townshend, but from "Boris the Spider" and "Whiskey Man" to "my Wife," Entwistle Had a Knack for Capturing Dark Humor that Lightened Up Every who Album, and Even Managed to Contribute a Couple of Songs to Tommy. As a Solo Musician his First Solo Album, "Smash Your Head Against the Wall" (1971) Was, in Many Ways, a Lost who Album, Recorded the Way the Bassist Would've Handled the Group. His Next Album, "Whistle Rhymes" (1972), was Released the Same Week as Pete Townshend's who Came First, and Nine Months Later, Entwistle's Third Solo Album, "Rigor Mortis Sets In" (1973), was Released.