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You Are My Sunshine
by Joe Osborn, bass, with Matthew Davidson, lead guitar/vocals
Joe Osborn (1937 to 2018) was an American bass guitarist. Joseph Osborn was born in Mound, Louisiana, USA, on August 28th 1937. He began his career working in local clubs, then played lead guitar on one hit record by singer Dale Hawkins, and after moving to Las Vegas at the age of 20 spent a year backing 'country' singer Bob Luman, also on lead guitar. The legendary guitar player Roy Buchanan was among his bandmates, so he ended up switching to electric bass, and in 1960 joined pop star Ricky Nelson's backing band, with whom he spent four years. He played on such Nelson hits as "Travellin' Man", but also found opportunities to branch out into studio work at the same time supporting artists such as Johnny Rivers. When Nelson dissolved his band in 1964, Osborn turned fully to studio work in Los Angeles, and for the next ten years was considered the "go to" bassist among the city's studio musicians. As part of that collective known as 'The Wrecking Crew', he worked with such well-known producers as Lou Adler and Bones Howe, and frequently played in combination with drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel (the 'Hollywood Golden Trio'). During that time, he played bass on records by such groups as 'The Mamas & the Papas', 'The Association', 'The Grass Roots' and 'The 5th Dimension', and can also be heard on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water". The 1972 hit single "Ventura Highway" by the group 'America' was another of his studio bookings, and he played on many of Neil Diamond's major hits in the late 1960s and early-to-middle 1970s. Osborn can further be heard playing on several of Nancy Sinatra's 1970s recordings, and was the bassist on the 1977 'Christian' album "Forgiven" by Don Francisco. In 1974 however, he left Los Angeles and moved to the 'country and western' capital of Nashville, where he continued an active studio career playing behind such vocalists as Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis and Hank Williams Junior. During that period, he appeared on nearly 200 'country' Top 40 breakers, 53 of which were No. 1 hits. In all, he contributed to over 242 different songs, with many performances going uncredited in his early years. Osborn left Nashville in 1988 to settle in northern Louisiana, and from 2005 continued to live there in semi-retirement, recording only occasionally and playing bass at his local church. His last credit appears to have been playing on an album by 'Micah and the Jazzgrass Apocalypse', released in August 2018. Having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2018, Joe Osborn died from its effects at his home in Greenwood on December 14th 2018, aged 81.
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Posted: 10th January 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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