Monday, August 24, 2009

Larry Knechtel, R. I. P.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Keyboardist Larry Knechtel dies: "Grammy award-winning keyboardist Larry Knechtel, who performed with the likes of Elvis Presley and the Dixie Chicks, has died at the age of 69.[. . . .]

'Larry's resume is a history lesson in great American music all unto itself,' country music band Dixie Chicks wrote on their website.

Knechtel was born in Bell, California, and went on to perform live and record with artists including Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Hank Williams Jr and Elvis Costello."

Hat tip to Scott Cupp.


Mike Dennis said...

I was a professional keyboard player for 30 years, during which time I listened to (and co-opted) a lot of Larry Knechtel's piano licks. He was a great session musician, always in demand, and able to ignite on the first take. He will be missed.
--Mike Dennis
Las Vegas

Bob Levinson said...

Larry was a friend, especially during his time with Bread...A great guy...