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Jay Dee Bentley was born on June 6, 1964 in Wichita,Kansas. He is the bassist and co-founding member of the legendary punk rock group Bad Religion. Jay played in the band from 1980 to 1982, until quitting before the release of the band’s 2nd album, Into the Unknown, in 1983.

Jay was also a onetime member of such notable L.A. groups as Wasted Youth,T.S.O.L,The Circle Jerks and Cathedral Of Tears.He later rejoined Bad Religion for the late 1980s re-incarnation of the band.

Jay Bentley grew up in the San Fernando valley suburb of Woodland Hills,CA. As with guitarist Brett Gurewitz and lead singer Greg Graffin, Jay was also a student of El Camino High School. He has played on many classic Bad Religion albums in the last 27 years most notably How Could Hell Be Any Worse [1982], Suffer [1988], No Control [1989], Against The Grain [1990], Generator [1992], Recipe For Hate [1993], Stranger Than Fiction [1994], The Gray Race [1996], Tested [1997], No Substance [1998], The New America [2000], The Process Of Belief [2002], The Empire Strikes First [2004], Live At The Palladium DVD [2006], and a soon to be released Bad Religion album later this year.

To this day he is highly regarded as one of the most respected and influential bass players of the SoCal hardcore/punk scene of the last 25 years. There are several websites dedicated to the music of Bad Religion as well as various members of the group including two websites in his honor.

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