RIP Harold Cowart

Bassist Harold Cowart died on June 27th in his home. He was 66.

Cowart had an impressive musical history. He created one of the most memorable bass lines around, playing on “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” with John Fred and His Playboy Band. The song was a Number 1 hit for 1968 in the USA and many other countries.

Cowart’s session work included other chart toppers such as Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night in Georgia,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream,” Barbra Streisand’s “Guilty,” Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and Jay Ferguson’s “Thunder Island.” He also played and recorded with the Bee Gees.

In his later years Cowart operated Bluff Road Recording where he produced a wide range of artists including Louisiana Boys, New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt, and Bleed.

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  1. Bruce Hensal

    Happy Trails Pardner!
    God Bless you and Keep you…see ya on the Other Side.

  2. Margie Curry

    How sad! It seems we keep losing the BEST OF US. Prayers to his family. He was a good man.

  3. Dr. Bass

    Loved his work on Thunder Island. RIP.

  4. You guys are sick. Let my Uncle Harold really RIP. Write about the times that were fun. Write about the concerts. I really enjoyed the 1978 Shadow Dancing Tour.

  5. Miss ya Harold You were like a Father to Me.

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