Graham Maby

Graham Maby (born 1 September 1952, Gosport, England), is an English bass guitar player. He has recorded and toured with Joe Jackson since his first album, appearing on most of Jackson’s albums and tours. He has continued to record and tour with Jackson even while working with other artists.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he toured with Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys, the Silos, and Darden Smith, among others. In 1996, Maby joined They Might Be Giants recording and touring with them. From 1998 until 2002 he recorded and toured with Natalie Merchant’s band. Maby has also appeared on recordings with Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Baez, Freedy Johnston, Henry Lee Summer, Ian Hunter, Regina Spektor and Dar Williams.

Along with playing bass, Maby also produced several tracks on Johnston’s 1992 album, Can You Fly. He can be seen in the 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married as a member of Marshall Crenshaw’s band.

Graham’s wife, Mary Beth (née Bernard) Maby, died on 12 January 2012 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. He has two children, Claire and Pierce.

His first-born son Christopher, also an aspiring musician and actor, died in 1998.


With Joe Jackson:

  • Look Sharp!
  • I’m the Man
  • Beat Crazy
  • Jumpin’ Jive
  • Night and Day
  • Mike’s Murder
  • Body and Soul
  • Live 1980-86
  • Blaze of Glory
  • Laughter & Lust
  • Night Music
  • Summer in the City
  • Night and Day II
  • Volume 4
  • Afterlife
  • Rain
  • Live Music
  • Fast Forward

With They Might Be Giants:

  • John Henry
  • Why Does The Sun Shine? (EP)
  • Back To Skull
  • Factory Showroom
  • Severe Tire Damage
  • Working Undercover For The Man

With Natalie Merchant:

  • Ophelia
  • Live in New York City
  • Motherland
  • The House Carpenter’s Daughter

With Freedy Johnston:

  • Can You Fly
  • Unlucky
  • This Perfect World (Elektra, 1994)
  • Never Home
  • Right Between the Promises

With Marshall Crenshaw:

  • Mary Jean and Nine Others
  • Good Evening
  • My Truck Is My Home
  • What’s In The Bag?

With Ian Hunter:

  • Shrunken Heads

With Joan Baez:

  • Bowery Songs

With Dar Williams:

  • The Green World

With Regina Spektor:

  • Soviet Kitsch

With Chris Stamey:

  • It’s Alright
  • Fireworks

With Darden Smith:

  • Little Victories
  • Deep Fantastic Blue

With Henry Lee Summer:

  • Henry Lee Summer
  • I’ve Got Everything

With Billy Simons:

  • Music For The Motion Picture
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