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Stories Behind the Songs: Harvey Brooks

Stories Behind the Songs: Harvey Brooks

STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS: The ’60s and ’70s were full of pivotal moments in music with albums that helped spawn new genres and reflect the quickly changing culture. Harvey Brooks played on many of them. Here are 11 of his favorite tracks, in his own words.

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Stories Behind the Songs: James “Hutch” Hutchinson

Stories Behind the Songs: James “Hutch” Hutchinson

Few bass players get to work with a superstar artist, and fewer still get to work with most of them. James “Hutch” Hutchinson is decidedly the latter. In this edition of “Stories Behind the Songs,” Hutch shares the stories behind 12 tunes from his career.

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

Kenny Passarelli’s place in music history was cemented when he co-wrote Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” but that just scratches the surface of his career. He also worked with Elton John, Hall and Oates, Stephen Stills, Tommy Bolin, Dan Fogelberg, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and more. Naturally, he has more than a few stories to tell. The bassist grew up...

Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Berghofer

Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Berghofer

As a member of the Wrecking Crew, Chuck Berghofer helped change the sound of popular music. His big, warm bass sound has laid the foundation for artists from A to Z with recordings by Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Christina Aguilera, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, Robbie Williams, and more. It has also set the mood on over 400...

Stories Behind the Song: Bob Glaub

Stories Behind the Song: Bob Glaub

Bob Glaub’s resume reads like a who’s who of pop and rock royalty. He’s done session work and toured with artists including John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young), Warren Zevon, John Fogerty, and Leonard Cohen, to name just a few. But through...

Stories Behind the Songs: Will Lee

Stories Behind the Songs: Will Lee

As a part of the CBS Orchestra, Will Lee’s bass playing is heard by millions of people every week on The Late Show with David Letterman. Millions more listen to him every day thanks to his prolific recording career that spans nearly 40 years and over 1,700 albums of nearly every genre. “What I’ve always loved about my career is...

Stories Behind the Songs: Leland Sklar

Stories Behind the Songs: Leland Sklar

With over 2,500 albums under his belt, Leland Sklar is more than a seasoned pro. He’s a legend. A staple of L.A. studio scene, Sklar put his stamp on music of all genres for over four decades with artists like James Taylor, Reba McEntire, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, and more. The bassist is lovingly referred to as the “King of...

Stories Behind the Songs: Nathan East

Stories Behind the Songs: Nathan East

Nathan East’s prolific playing has graced so many albums, it would probably be easier to list who he hasn’t work with rather than who he has. The Philadelphia-born, San Diego-raised bassist picked up his first 4-string at 14 after studying cello in school and went on to be one of the world’s most in-demand session players. He’s been called on...

Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

Chuck Rainey’s bass lines have laid the foundation for many of the most popular songs in pop, rock, jazz and fusion that emerged from the ’60s and ’70s. From Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye to Steely Dan, he’s played an integral part in the music of at least five Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. As a result, he...

Stories Behind the Songs: Joe Osborn

Stories Behind the Songs: Joe Osborn

Where many bassists strive to have that one hit song, Joe Osborn has more chart-topping records than he can even keep track of. His signature tone – achieved with flatwound strings and a pick – underpins an overwhelming number of pop, rock, and country hits from the ’60s through the ’80s, and his resume reads like a who’s who of...