Keyboard And Electric Bass Player Larry Knechtel Dies

According to the Yakima Herald keyboarder/electric bass player Larry Knechtel dies at age 69.

Larry Knechtel was a busy musician, working live and in the studios. He recently collaborated with The Dixie Chicks. Besides that he played with musicians and bands such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, The Doors, The Byrds, Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Elvis Presley.

Larry Knechtel received a Grammy award for arranging Simon and Garfunkel’s super hit Bridge Over Troubled Water, on which he also played keyboard. He was also a member of Bread.

As studio musician Larry Knechtel was an important part of the Los Angeles music studio scene of the nineteen-sixties.

3 thoughts on “Keyboard And Electric Bass Player Larry Knechtel Dies

  1. Larry began his professional career in August, 1959, as a member of legendary rock and roll guitarist Duane Eddy’s band, The Rebels, touring and recording with him for four years. While continuing to record with Eddy, he decided to leave the touring life and stayed in Los Angeles, becoming a session musician and member of that illustrious group of players who came to be called The Wrecking Crew.

  2. According to session bassist Carol Kaye Los Angeles studio musicians of the nineteen-sixties were not organized like your typical rock group. They were not a member of a group, they worked independently.

    See this quote by Carol Kaye:

    BTW, no-one was ever a part of “someone’s band” at all, that’s a phony myth. All studio musicians were totally separate from each other, hired only as “separate contractors, independent free-lance studio musicians”…if you ever hear of someone claiming anyone of the studio musicians were part of an organized “band in the studios”, that is totally FALSE. We were each hired independently of each other.

    August 24 th, 2009.

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