Skip to main content

Joe Osborn Archives

In Memoriam: Joe Osborn
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Joe Osborn

Very sad news to report today: bass legend Joe Osborn has passed away. He was 81 years old. His son, Darren, made a statement on behalf of his family on social media.

Bass Players To Know: Joe Osborn
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Joe Osborn

If you’re familiar with ‘The Wrecking Crew,” the group of session musicians that dominated the LA recording scene in the 1960s and ’70s, you’ve probably heard of Carol Kaye and our latest bassist to feature, Joe Osborn. These players jumped from session to session, providing the sonic backdrop to popular culture and racking up credits on top ten hits. Osborn...

Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models
Basses

Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

Three years after selling Lakland Basses to a private investment group, Dan Lakin is getting back into the bass building business. His new company, D. Lakin Basses, is launching two new models that with his signature artists Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub. The Joe Osborn 4 is defined by a pair of single coil D. Lakin pickups with a 1.5″...

Joe Osborn Birthday Celebration: Two Great Videos
Bass Videos

Joe Osborn Birthday Celebration: Two Great Videos

Today is birthday of legendary bassist Joe Osborn, so we thought we’d share a couple of videos to help celebrate. The first one is an isolated track – vocals, drums and bass on the Carpenters hit “Close to You”. This one offers up a pretty simple bass line with some tasty licks throughout. But as the case with all great...

Matthew Davidson Releases “Step Up” EP, Featuring Joe Osborn
New Albums

Matthew Davidson Releases “Step Up” EP, Featuring Joe Osborn

Backed by legendary session bassist Joe Osborn, 14-year old guitar wunderkind Matthew Davidson has released his first EP entitled Step Up. The four song collection was produced by Osborn, who also adds low end to the mix with his Fender Jazz. The bass legend took Davidson under his wing several years ago after hearing him perform at the Shreveport, Louisiana...

Stories Behind the Songs: Joe Osborn
Stories Behind the Songs

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...