Dave Markee plays for Bing

One of England’s top musicians, Markee has been a sought-after session man, working with top names like the late Frank Zappa, Joan Armatrading, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Henry Mancini – and Bing Crosby. ‘I didn’t know what job I was going to. I just knew it was an acoustic bass session,’ he said about the Crosby booking. Traffic delayed his arrival by 20 minutes. ‘I walked in, and this 40-piece orchestra was waiting. Everyone had been told to be early,’ he said. After apologising, Markee went to the recording booth. ‘Sitting opposite me on a stool was Bing Crosby. I nearly died.’