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Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn 1937-2018 RIP.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Perisphere, Dec 16, 2018.

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  1. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The most credible source for this news so far is the latest post from the Wrecking Crew's own Facebook page.

    The Wrecking Crew
  2. Perisphere

    Perisphere Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'm sorry to tell you that we’ve lost another friend yesterday. Joe Osborn has passed. When I started this documentary, it was very difficult to get to all the players around the country. But there was no way I was not going to make the trip out to meet Joe. I flew to Shreveport where he was playing with Johnny Rivers and James Burton. He made sure he found time for me to do that interview which was so important to the history of the Wrecking Crew. Over the years, he was always there when we needed him for a concert or screening. Even though he was a quiet man, I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he saw the love of his fans. I called him a gentle bear. He made his impact in Rock and Roll and Country. First called session bass player in two cities; Los Angeles and Nashville. My favorite line from Joe. He was asked why he kept the same strings on his bass for 17 years. His answer, "No one told me I was supposed to change them". He will truly be missed but not forgotten.

    Joe Osborn began his career working in local clubs, then played on a hit record by singer Dale Hawkins.[2] He moved to Las Vegas at age 20, and spent a year playing backup for country singer Bob Luman. With legendary guitar player Roy Buchanan among his bandmates, Osborn switched from guitar to electric bass. In 1960, with Allen "Puddler" Harris, a native of Franklin Parish, also in northeastern Louisiana, and James Burton, originally from Webster Parish, he joined pop star Ricky Nelson's backup band, where he spent four years. His playing on such Nelson hits as "Travellin' Man" began attracting wider notice, and he found opportunities to branch out into studio work with artists such as Johnny Rivers.

    Studio bassist in Los Angeles[edit]
    When the Nelson band dissolved in 1964, Osborn turned to studio work in Los Angeles full-time. For the next ten years, he was considered a "first-call" bassist among Los Angeles studio musicians[3] (known as The Wrecking Crew), and he worked with well-known producers such as Lou Adler and Bones Howe, frequently in combination with drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel—the combination of Blaine, Osborn and Knechtel have been referred to as the Hollywood Golden Trio.[4] His bass can be heard on many of the hit records cut in Los Angeles during that time, along with numerous film scores and television commercials.
    His playing can be heard on records by such well-known groups as The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, The Grass Roots
    and The 5th Dimension. Osborn can be heard on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" and the 5th Dimension's version of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In".

    A song featuring prominently mixed bass in melodic counterpoint to acoustic guitars is the 1972 hit single "Ventura Highway" by the group America. He also played on several Johnny Rivers records.
    Osborn played on many of Neil Diamond's major hits in the late 1960s and early to middle 1970s, including the hauntingly unique bass lines on "Holly Holy" in 1969. Osborn is also known for his discovery and encouragement of the popular brother-and-sister duo, the Carpenters, on whose albums he played bass throughout their career.
  3. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Savannah, Georgia
    Oh man, we lost a legend.:(
  4. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Senior Member

    RIP. A legend.
  5. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Eastern Shore
    As distinctive a presence in Wrecking Crew sessions on bass as Carol Kaye. My favorite showcases for his artistry are the Mamas and Papas, Association, Simon and Garfunkel and Johnny Rivers classic tracks, but there are countless more to celebrate. Think the intro to Windy or Everything That Touches You: that's Joe's sound. Thanks, and RIP.
  6. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Damn! Another huge loss to American music.
    He wont be forgotten.
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  7. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK

    R.I.P. Joe
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  8. AlmostHeavenWV

    AlmostHeavenWV Forum Resident

    Lancaster UK
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  9. vudicus

    vudicus Analog Dog

    RIP Joe.
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  10. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
  11. anduandi

    anduandi Forum Resident

    Very sad....R.I.P.
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  12. Grunge Master

    Grunge Master 8 Bit Enthusiast

    Sad. The number of Wrecking Crew members is slowly dwindling down :sigh: It makes me appreciate The Wrecking Crew movie even more.

    I've always loved his playing on this one, especially the second half starting at around 2:19
  13. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    RIP Joe Osborn, and so many great records you touched with those Bass strings!
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  14. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    This is the one example of his brilliance I would post also... :wave::cry:
  15. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

  16. efraley

    efraley Forum Resident

    Richmond Va USA
    tough year for us music lovers. RIP Joe.
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  17. Elton

    Elton I Hope Being Helpful, Will Make Me Look Cool

    Carson Ca.
    Mr. Joe Osborn, Thank you for your talent and your care, making my life, just that much better. RIP.

    Music Lovers, we are going to need to do something about losing of members of the Funk Brothers, Wrecking Crew members and former members house bands from Stax and Muscle Shoals. Our musical history fading away.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2018
  18. Ryan Lux

    Ryan Lux Forum Resident

    Toronto, ON, CA
    Incredibly creative and unique player. I hope he enjoyed his last years.
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  19. bosskeenneat

    bosskeenneat Forum Resident

    He's all over those legendary Johnny Rivers Imperial hits, too. It's Ironic that just yesterday I heard Rivers' cover of "Maybelline". Joe is literally bubbling loud & clear on that. RIP.
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  20. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    RIP Joe, you are one of the greatest bass players of all time.
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  22. Joti Cover

    Joti Cover Forum Resident

    Thank you for bringing us all such brilliant musical joy.

    Your sound started w the Realization lp for me in ‘68.....
    (Look to Your Soul, Summer Rain and all the rest) and i never looked back.

    I’ll be playing America’s Homecoming today ...Joe and Hal really got all the texture and swing going for those inspired young fellas).
    What a hit we’re taking today losing this top shelf player.
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  23. TLMusic

    TLMusic Musician & record collector

    Here's a list of hit tracks that Joe Osborn played bass on:

    Arranged by year, artist, title and Chart Position
    1961, Rick Nelson, Travelin’ Man, 1
    1965, Gary Lewis/Playboys, This Diamond Ring, 1
    1965, Barry McGre, Eve of Destruction, 1
    1966, Mamas and Papas, Monday Monday, 1
    1966, Johnny Rivers, Poor Side of Town, 1
    1967, Association, Windy, 1
    1969, Fifth Dimension, Wedding Bell Blues, 1
    1969, Tommy Roe, Dizzy, 1
    1970, Carpenters, Close To You, 1
    1970, Neil Diamond, Cracklin’ Rose, 1
    1970, Partridge Family, I Think I Love You, 1
    1970, Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1
    1972, Helen Reddy, I Am Woman, 1
    1973, Carpenters, Top of the World, 1
    1973, Helen Reddy, Delta Dawn, 1
    1974, Carpenters, Please, Mr. Postman, 1
    1964, Johnny Rivers, Memphis, 2
    1965, Gary Lewis/Playboys, Count Me In, 2
    1965, Gary Lewis/Playboys, Save Your Heart For Me, 2
    1967, Mamas and Papas, Dedicated To the One I Love, 2
    1968, Association, Never My Love, 2
    1968, Richard Harris, MacArthur Park, 2
    1970, Carpenters, Superstar, 2
    1970, Carpenters, We’ve Only Just Begun, 2
    1970, Fifth Dimension, One Less Bell to Answer, 2
    1971, Carpenters, Rainy Days and Mondays, 2
    1972, Carpenters, Hurting Each Other, 2
    1973, Carpenters, Yesterday Once More, 2
    1976, England Dan & John Ford Coley, I’d Really Love to See You, 2
    1966 , Johnny Rivers, Secret Agent Man, 3
    1967 , JohnnyRivers, Baby, I Need Your Lovin’, 3
    1968 , Fifth Dimension, Stone Soul Picnic, 3
    1968 , Monkees, Valleri, 3
    1969 , Bobby Sherman, Little Women, 3
    1971 , Carpenters, For All We Know, 3
    1973 , Carpenters, Sing, 3
    1973 , Helen Reddy, Leave Me Alone, 3
    1965 , Gary Lewis/Playboys, Everybody Loves a Clown, 4
    1966 , Mamas & Papas, California Dreamin’, 4
    1967 , Scott Mackenzie, San Francisco, 4
    1974 , America, Tin Man, 4
    1975 , Carpenters, Only Yesterday, 4
    1962 , Rick Nelson, Teenage Idol, 5
    1962 , Rick Nelson, YoungWorld, 5
    1966 , Mamas & Papas, Words of Love, 5
    1967 , Mamas & Papas, CreequeAlley, 5
    1968 , Grass Roots, Midnight Confession, 5
    1968 , Kenny Rogers &, Just Dropped In, 5
    , The First Edition
    1970 , Bobby Sherman, Julie, Do You Love Me?, 5
    1974, Neil Diamond, Longfellow Serenade, 5
    1975, America, Lonely People, 5
    1977, KennyRogers, Lucille, 5
    1962, Rick Nelson, It’s Up to You, 6
    1964, Rick Nelson, ForYou, 6
    1966, Mamas & Papas, I Saw Her Again, 6
    1966, Tommy Roe, Hurray for Hazel, 6
    1969, Kenny Rogers &, Ruby, 6
    , The First Edition
    1969 , Neil Diamond, Holly Holy, 6
    1970 , Barbra Streisand, Stoney End, 6
    1972 , Johnny Rivers, Rockin’ Pneumonia, 6
    1971 , Partridge Family, Doesn’t Somebody, 6
    , , Want to Be Wanted?
    1965 , Johnny Rivers, Seventh Son, 7
    1967 , Fifth Dimension, Up, Up, and Away, 7
    1969 , Simon & Garfunkel, The Boxer, 7
    1971 , Tommy Roe, Stagger Lee, 7
    1972 , Carpenters, Goodbye to Love, 7
    1966 , Gary Lewis/Playboys, Green Grass, 8
    1968 , Boyce & Hart, I Wonder What She’s Doin’, 8
    1969 , Tommy Roe, Jam Up, Jelly Tight, 8
    1972 , America, Ventura Highway, 8
    1972 , Fifth Dimension, Didn’t Get to Sleep at All, 8
    1975, Helen Reddy, No Way to Treat a Lady, 8
    1961, Rick Nelson, Hello, Mary Lou, 9
    1964, Johnny Rivers , Mountain of Love, 9
    1967, Spanky & Our Gang, Sunday Will Never Be the Same, 9
    1969, Bobby Sherman, La La La, 9
    1970, Bobby Sherman, Easy Come, Easy Go, 9
    1971, Grass Roots, Sooner or Later, 9
    1971, Partridge Family, I’ll Meet Ya Halfway, 9
    1973, Art Garfunkel, All I Know, 9
    1973, B.W. Stevenson, My Maria, 9
    1974, Helen Reddy, You and Me Against the World , 9
    1975, Austin Roberts, Rocky, 9
    1978, England Dan & John Ford Coley , We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again , 9
    1982, Sylvia, Nobody, 9
    1967, Johnny Rivers, Tracks of My Tears, 10
    1968, Association, EverythingThat TouchesYou, 10
    1970, Mark Lindsay, Arizona, 10
    1972, Fifth Dimension, If I Could ReachYou, 10
    1976, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Nights Are Forever, 10
    1961, Rick Nelson, A Wonder Like You, 11
    1970, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Somethin’s Burnin’, 11
    1974, Carpenters, I Won’t Last a Day, 11
    1963, Rick Nelson, Fools Rush In, 12
    1964, Johnny Rivers, Maybelle, 12
    1968, Cass Elliott, Dream a Little Dream, 12
    1971, FifthDimension, Never My Love, 12
    1972, Carpenters, It’s Going to Take Some Time, 12
    1972, Austin Roberts, Something’s Wrong With Me, 12
    1973, Helen Reddy, Peaceful, 12
    1976, Carpenters, There’s a Kind of Hush, 12
    1966, Gary Lewis/Playboys, My Heart Symphony, 13
    1968, Fifth Dimension, Sweet Blindness, 13
    1971, Helen Reddy, I Don’t Know How to Love Him , 13
    1972, Partridge Family, I Woke Up in Love, 13
    1967, Johnny Rivers, Summer Rain, 14
    1966, Gary Lewis/Playboys, Paint Me a Picture, 15
    1969, Grass Roots, I’d Wait a Million Years, 15
    1971, Grass Roots, Temptation Eyes, 15
    1974, Helen Reddy, Keep On Singing, 15
    1961, Rick Nelson, EverLovin’, 16
    1967, Fifth Dimension, Go Where You Wanna Go, l 6
    1971, Grass Roots, Two Divided By Love, 16
    1971, Bobby Sherman, Cry Like a Baby, 16
    1981, Carpenters, Touch Me When We’re Dancin’, 16
    1968, Spanky & Our Gang, Like to Get to Know You, 17
    1970, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Tell It to Brother, 17
    1975, Carpenters, Solitaire, 17
    1976, Art Garfunkel, I Only Have Eyes For You, 18
    1966, Johnny Rivers, Muddy Water, 19
    1968, Gary Lewis/Playboys, Sealed With a Kiss, 19
    1969, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, But You Know I Love You, 19
    1970, Glen Campbell, Honey Come Back, 19
    1971, Fifth Dimension, Love Lines, Angels & Rhymes, 19
    1976, Helen Reddy, Somewhere in the Night, 19
    1982, Michael Murphy, What’s Forever For, 19
    1965, Johnny Rivers, Midnight Special, 20
    1967, Mamas & Papas, TwelveThirty, 20
    1969, Fifth Dimension, Workin’ On a Groovy Thing, 20
    1970, Michael Parks, Long Lonesome Highway, 20
    1972, Partridge Family, It’s One of Those Nights, 20
    1977, Olivia Newton John, Sam, 20
    1967, GaryLewis/Playboys , Where Will Words Come From , 21
    1970, Fifth Dimension, Blowing Away, 21
    1977, EnglandDan &, It’s Sad to Belong, 21
    , John Ford Coley
    1975, Helen Reddy, Emotion, 22
    1967, Grass Roots, Things I Should Have Said, 23
    1967, Tommy Roe, It’s Now Winter’s Day, 23
    1969, Glen Campbell, Try a Little Kindness, 23
    1977, England Dan &, Gone Too Far, 23
    , John Ford Coley
    1966, Mamas & Papas, Look Through My Window, 24
    1967, Scott Mackenzie, Like an Old-Time Movie, 24
    1969, Grass Roots, HeavenKnows, 24
    1970, Fifth Dimension, Puppet Man, 24
    1970, Bobby Sherman, Hey, Mr. Sun!, 24
    1963, Rick Nelson, String Along, 25
    1969, Fifth Dimension, California Soul, 25
    1970, Mark Lindsay, Silver Bird, 25
    1976, Carpenters, I Need to Be In Love, 26
    1964, Rick Nelson, The Very Thought of You, 26
    1965, Johnny Rivers, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, 26
    1967, Glen Campbell, By the Time I Get to Phoenix , 26
    1967, Mamas & Papas, Glad to Be Unhappy , 26
    1969, Glen Campbell, Where’s the Playground, Suzie , 26
    1970, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Reuben James, 26

    1968, Boyce & Hart, Alice Long, 27
    1970, Glen Campbell, All I Have to Do is Dream, 27
    1970, Fifth Dimension, Save the Country, 27
    1966, Grass Roots, Where Were You When I Needed You, 28
    1969, Grass Roots, Bella Linda, 28
    1972, Partridge Family, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, 28
    1968, Fifth Dimension, Carpet Man, 29
    1969, Tommy Roe, Heather Honey, 29
    1971, Bobby Sherman, The Drum, 29
    1968, Spanky & Our Gang, Sunday Morning, 30
    1969, Cass Elliott, It’s Getting Better, 30
    1967, Spanky & Our Gang, Make Every Minute Count, 31
    1969, Grass Roots, The River Is Wide, 31
    1971, Glen Campbell, Dream Baby, 31
    1974, Albert Hammond, I’m a Train, 31
    1970, John Philips, Mississippi, 32
    1973, Fifth Dimension, LivingTogether, 32
    1977, Carpenters, Calling Occupants, 32
    1966, Johnny Rivers, Under Your Spell Again, 33
    1970, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Heed the Call, 33
    1976, Olivia Newton John, Don’t Stop Believin’, 33
    1967, Fifth Dimension, Paper Cup, 34
    1972, Grass Roots, Glory Bound, 34
    1973, Neil Diamond, Be, 34
    1974, Art Garfunkel, Second Avenue, 34
    1969, Glen Campbell, TrueGrit, 35
    1970, Grass Roots, Baby, Hold On!, 35
    1973, America, Don’t Cross River, 35
    1975, Helen Reddy, Bluebird, 35
    1977, Carpenters, All You Can Get From Love, 35
    1968, Glen Campbell, I Want to Live, 36
    1969, Glen Campbell, Let It Be Me, 36
    1969, Cass Elliott, Make Your Own Kind of Music, 36
    1972, Fifth Dimension, Together Let’s Find Love, 37
    1974, Art Garfunkel, I Shall Sing, 38
    1975, Johnny Rivers, Blue Suede Shoes, 38
    1967, Boyce & Hart, Out and About, 39
    1968, Association, Time For Lovin’, 39
    1968, Glen Campbell, Gentle On My Mind, 39
    1972, Grass Roots, TheRunaway, 39
    1973, Partridge Family, Look Through the Eyes of Love, 39
    1966, The Turtles, You, Baby, 40

    Joe Osborn
  24. Heart of Gold

    Heart of Gold Forum Resident

    Joe Osborn played with Neil Young on Comes A Time, if I' m right.
  25. He was great on many levels & with so many projects/artists. The work of his that moved me first to take notice (and more importantly, moved me the most deeply) would be his work with Simon & Garfunkel- as part of The Hollywood Golden Trio, with Hal Blaine on drums & Larry Knetchel on keyboards.

    Oddly enough "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" is the Osborn-less anamoly (Hal Blaine & Carol Kaye are drums & bass & oddly no Larry Knerchel either) but "Sounds Of Silence", "Bookends", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" & "Live 1969" all feature Joe, Hal & Larry as the core band for S & G.

    I first learned out who he was because I wanted to know who was playing the amazing bass guitar lines on "The Only Living Boy In New York" & '"America".

    I came to know him first, & love him most, as the bass player in that de facto Simon & Garfunkel Band of the 60's, but, the depth & breadth of his career's work is just awe inspiring.
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