- Category : 1928-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (1,48)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Cycles 1
American self-taught jazz bassist who established his reputation in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. His trademark was the rhythmic "walking" bass line, a steady series of ascending or descending notes, and it brought him the nickname "The Walker". Besides his jazz work, he also appeared on a number of soundtracks and pop albums, notably Van Morrison's 1972 album, Saint Dominic's Preview.
He played bass on André Previn and Shelly Manne's My Fair Lady album, one of the most successful jazz records ever produced. He also performed on another of jazz's biggest hit albums, Eddie Harris and Les McCann's Swiss Movement, released in 1969.
Vinnegar died of a heart attack, at the age of 71, on 3 August 1999 in a hospital in Portland, Oregon.