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Wrecking Crew Bassist Joe Osborn Dies At 81
A session bassist on so many hits we've all heard and loved leaves an uncanny musical legacy
Outstanding Los Angeles session bass player Joe Osborn died on Dec. 14 of pancreatic cancer. A member of the legendary Wrecking Crew group until he left L.A. for Nashville in 1974, Osborn performed on countless classic recordings during his career, including the Partridge Family, Simon & Garfunkel and fellow Wrecking Crew member, Glen Campbell. Osborn was 81 years old.
Osborn was born on Aug. 28, 1937 in Mound, Louisiana. His biography at The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame describes the struggles Osborn went through "to cut back on his workload." He finally succeeded, moving back to Shreveport in 1988, occasionally flying to big cities for sessions but mostly recording at home on an old-fashioned four-track deck. Osborn and one of his four-tracks made the first professional recording of the GRAMMY-winning Carpenters siblings in 1966.
Los Angeles session drummer Hal Blaine, another member of the Wrecking Crew and recipient of the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, is often credited with having named the "clique" of "first call" session musicians that both he and Osborn belonged to as "The Wrecking Crew" based on accusations their embrace of rock was going to wreck commercial music. Osborn was a key component of the group's success, and made critical contributions to GRAMMY-winning recordings including Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind" and the big winner at the 10th GRAMMY Awards, "Up, Up And Away" by the 5th Dimension.
A few years later at the 13th GRAMMY Awards, the Simon And Garfunkel single "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which showcased Osborn on bass, won four GRAMMY awards and its album of the same name took Album Of The Year. At the 15th GRAMMY Awards, Helen Reddy won Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I Am Woman," another classic track of Osborn's.
Those are just a taste of Osborn's extensive body of work that most American music lovers' ears know well, whether or not they recognize the names of the studio musicians who helped create such classic hits.
In a Dec. 15 Facebook post on Osborn's passing, Denny Tedesco, the director of the 2008 documentary The Wrecking Crew!, wrote, "Even though he was a quiet man, I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he saw the love of his fans. I called him a gentle bear." Denny's dad Tommy was another member of the clique as a guitarist.
"My favorite line from Joe," Denny related. "He was asked why he kept the same strings on his bass for 17 years. His answer, 'No one told me I was supposed to change them.' He will truly be missed but not forgotten."
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.