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.

  6. […] Billy Carter (organ), Dave Crawford (piano), Cornell Dupree and Jimmy O’Rourke (guitar), Harold Cowart (bass), Tubby Ziegler (drums), and Toots Thielemans […]

  7. Paul Torbert

    I really enjoyed every second I spent with Harold in the studio, or in his house sipping coffee with him and his wife !!!!

    Wish you were still her telling jokes and cuttin up Harold !!!!!!!

  8. Chris Lastrapes

    Cool dude , recorded @ bluff rd in 2006 ..”limited truth” -Chris Woods band , he let me shoot my lil.32 cal beretta off the porch…he invited me to meet Dr. John but I passed (that offer) duh?…um good food , Paul K taught me everything about recording and inuendo*…John Fred coached my brothers baseball team in the early 80’s …so weird how it all connects.