The bass player, who worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett and Oscar Peterson, passed away on Wednesday (02Nov16), according to a post on the GoFundMe page friends and family set up to help Cranshaw pay for his cancer treatment.

"He died peacefully and without pain, in his home in Manhattan surrounded by loved ones," read the note.

Cranshaw's career began in the late 1950s when he first teamed up with bandleader Sonny Rollins.

He was also the session bassist for iconic children's programmes Sesame Street and The Electric Company and performed in the Saturday Night Live house band from 1975 to 1980. He also served as the musical director for The DICk Cavett Show, The Merv Griffin Show and The David Frost Show.