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Spooner Oldham
Dewey Lindon "Spooner" (* 1943 in Center Star, AL) is a songwriter, organist, and session musician. He started his career in music by playing piano in bands during high school. He then attended classes at the University of North Alabama but turned instead to playing at FAME Studios. He moved to Memphis, TN in 1967 and teamed with Penn at Chips Moman's American Studios.
 
Spooner later moved to Los Angeles and has continued to be a sought-after backing musician, recording and performing with such artists as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Bob Seger, Dickey Betts, Cat Power, J.J. Cale, Frank Black, and The Mountain Goats.
 
Frequently a backing musician for Neil Young, he played on Young's critically acclaimed 1992 album Harvest Moon. Oldham also appeared in the concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold and backed Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour.
 
In 1993, he joined a host of Memphis soul music veterans to record Arthur Alexander's comeback and un-intended final studio recording, the album Lonely Just Like Me.
 
In 2007, Spooner toured with the Drive-By Truckers on their The Dirt Underneath tour. In 2008, he played on Last Days at the Lodge, the third album released by folk/soul singer Amos Lee. In May 2011, Spooner backed Pegi Young on a six-show tour of California.
 
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Discography
Blues For Thought
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released 1993
Terry Evans, vocals
Gil Bernal, tenor sax
Robert Ward, guitar
Ry Cooder, guitar
Spooner Oldham, piano, organ
Art Hillary, piano
Frankie Ford, piano
Hutch Hutchinson, bass
Larry Taylor, bass
Jim Keltner, drums
Joachim Cooder, percussion
Arnold McCuller, vocals

 
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