Friday 28 August 2009

A Pretty Decent Band

Hot on the heels of the death of Ellie Greenwich comes news of the passing of that fine keyboard player Larry Knechtel (who also, among much else, worked with Phil Spector). Knechtel was, along with James Burton, part of the creme-de-la-creme session band on John Phillip's masterpiece Wolfking Of LA, his rolling, lazy piano essential to the album's unique sound. As my old friend, the Sage of Tiverton, remarked, we'll have a pretty decent band waiting for us - but he ain't going till Hal Blaine is of the company. And me I'm holding out for James Burton...


  1. Well while we wait for death, here's some more crazy Bob news!

  2. Good for him, I say, following in the footsteps of Phil Spector - and at least it's for charidee. Talk about mellowing...

  3. Spector's Christmas Gift is a great Christmas album, isn't it? Frosty the Snowman especially.

    Also the closing number: a heartfelt spoken message delivered over the mellow sounds of Silent Night by the convicted murderer himself.