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Kyle Koehler
Larry (* 1940 in Bell, CA) was a keyboard player and bassist, best known as a member of the Wrecking Crew. Larry began his musical education with piano lessons. In 1957, he joined the Los Angeles-based rock and roll band Kip Tyler and the Flips. In August 1959, he joined instrumentalist Duane Eddy as a member of his band the Rebels. After four years on the road with the band, and continuing to work with Eddy in the recording studio, Larry became part of the Los Angeles session musician scene, working with Phil Spector as a pianist to help create Spector's famous "Wall of Sound". Larry became a prominent member of session musicians the Wrecking Crew, performing on many hit songs of the period and earning him entry into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.
In 1970 Larry won a Grammy Award for his piano work on "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel. He also played the piano on Johnny Rivers' 1972 hit "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu".
Knechtel joined soft rock band Bread in 1971 after the departure of Robb Royer and remained with the band until their split in 1973. He rejoined the band for subsequent comebacks and reunions.
Knechtel was proficient on other musical instruments, notably the harmonica, guitar, and bass, which can be heard on "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, "Stoney End" by Barbra Streisand, "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley, and the Doors' debut album. In 1971, he joined the band Bread, where his contributions included bass, keyboards, and the guitar solo on the hit single "The Guitar Man". He also played on sessions for Nancy Sinatra.
During the late 1980s, Larry moved to Nashville, where he was signed to a solo recording contract. He released two solo albums in quick succession, Mountain Moods (1989) and Urban Gypsy (1990).
In later years, Larry lived in semi-retirement in Yakima, Washington, until his death. He had, however, worked with record producer Rick Rubin, contributing keyboards to albums by Neil Diamond, Arlen Roth and the Dixie Chicks, touring with Elvis Costello and with the Dixie Chicks in support of their Grammy Award-winning album Taking the Long Way. During this time Larry contributed guest spots on many recordings for dozens of Northwest artists including Wayman Chapman, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star), Quakers On Probation, Dimestore Mystery, Elba, Animals at Night, Zera Marvel, Colin Spring, Lesley Rostron & Lovejunkie, and his son, Lonnie Knechtel. Larry died in 2009.
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homepage: www.larryknechtel.com


Letters To My Head
Capitol Records ST-11170
released 1973

Mike Deasy, guitar, mandolin, sitar, alto sax, banjo, bass, piano, vocals
Chuck Findley, horns
Don Menza, horns
Jackie Kelso, horns
Jim Horn, horns
Lew McCreary, horns
Ollie Mitchell, horns
Paul Hubinon, horns
Plas Johnson, horns
Slyde Hyde, horns
Larry Knechtel, autoharp
Jim Horn, flute
Art Munson, guitar
Jay Dee Maness, pedal steel guitar
Larry Knechtel, organ
Mike Melvoin, organ
Jerry Scheff, bass
Lee Sklar, bass
Max Bennett, bass
Jim Gordon, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
John Guerin, drums
Gary Coleman, percussion
Kathie Deasy, vocals

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