This is the 77th set of selections in The Goldmine Hall of Fame.
The next sections will focus on sidemen & others who made their mark on the industry. The last section will feature the great songwriters who have written the most top 10 songs with their first coming between 1955 and 1991. Bios of all selections and criteria for induction can be found on our website by clicking the Goldmine Hall of Fame tab. A running list of all announced inductees will be listed, also. These also can be found under “Great Blogs Of Fire” at the bottom of the page or by following this link – http://www.goldminemag.com/blogs/goldmine-hall-of-fame-inductees
611. PLAS JOHNSON Jr.
Few sax men worked on as many sessions as this native of Louisiana, who backed up B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Brown, Nat King Cole, Bobby Vee, Rick Nelson, Johnny Otis, Peggy Lee, Frank Zappa, The Platters, Duane Eddy, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra and many others as well as being a member of The Wrecking Crew.
A few selections Johnson can be heard on are: Good Vibrations & Help Me Rhonda (Beach Boys); Let’s Go & Surfer’s Stomp (Routers); Chipmunk Song (David Seville); Willie & The Hand Jive (Johnny Otis); That’s Life (Frank Sinatra); These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); The Pink Panther Theme (Henry Mancini); Rockin’ Robin (Bobby Day); My Love (Petula Clark); Midnight Confessions (Grass Roots); In The Mood (Ernie Fields); The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley).
612. STEVE DOUGLAS
Before passing away from heart failure at just 54, this Los Angeles native peppered numerous hit records with his sax and occasional flute. A member of the Wrecking Crew, Douglas also worked with Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis and the Ramones and was a member of Bob Dylan’s touring band in the late ’70s.
A few of Douglas’ performances can be found on: Good Vibrations, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Caroline No, Rock & Roll Music, California Girls, Fun, Fun, Fun & Sloop John B (Beach Boys); Be My Baby (Ronettes); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); Out Of Limits (Marketts); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); Surf City & Dead Man’s Curve (Jan & Dean).
613. JAMES BURTON
When you’re in your mid teens and you come up with one of the most famous guitar riffs in the history of Rock & Roll, it can be assumed that there’s nowhere to go but down. Not so for this Louisiana native, now recognized as one of the instrument’s superstars, who crafted the legendary riff for Dale Hawkins’ “Susie Q.”
From there, James Burton went on to become Ricky Nelson’s guitarist, appearing on several episodes of the “Ozzie & Harriet” TV show. He also served as a member of the Wrecking Crew, was the lead player in “Shindig’s” group, The Shindogs, became a permanent staple of Elvis Presley’s band in the ’70s, then teamed with John Denver after Presley’s death. Among others, he also has appeared on recordings by Buck Owens, Duane Eddy, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rivers, Merle Haggard, Pat Boone, the Everly Brothers and the Monkees.
A small sample of Burton’s work can be heard on these hit singles: Teenage Idol, Stood Up, Waitin’ In School, My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It, Believe What You Say, Poor Little Fool, It’s Late, Never Be Anyone Else But You, Just A Little Too Much, Sweeter Than You, I Wanna Be Loved, Travelin’ Man, Hello Mary Lou, A Wonder Like You, Young World, It’s Up To You & Fools Rush In (Ricky Nelson); The Wonder Of You, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Steamroller Blues, If You Talk In Your Sleep, Promised Land, My Boy, Way Down, Moody Blue & Hurt (Elvis Presley).
614. THE MEMPHIS BOYS
The house band at American Sound Studios in, of course, Memphis, Tennessee, this group backed up a Hall of Fame array of stars, including B.J. Thomas, Petula Clark and Roy Hamilton, on many hit records. The band included Tommy Cogbill on bass, drummer Gene Chrisman, bassist Mike Leech, keyboardists Bobby Emmons and Bobby Wood and guitarist Reggie Young, already a Goldmine HOF inductee as an original member of Bill Black’s Combo.
Some of their work, collectively or individually, can be heard on Neon Rainbow & Cry Like A Baby (The Box Tops); Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield); Funky Broadway (Wilson Pickett); Suspicious Minds, Don’t Cry Daddy, Rubberneckin’, Kentucky Rain, Raised On Rock, For Ol’ Times Sake & In The Ghetto (Elvis); I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), Respect & Chain of Fools (Aretha Franklin); I Gotcha (Joe Tex); Angel of the Morning (Merrilee Rush); Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond); Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues (Danny O’Keefe).
615. THE SWAMPERS
This was the name given to the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, the Alabama-based group of studio musicians that provided the instrumentation on some of our most famous recordings. The most prominent members were Barry Beckett & Spooner Oldham on keyboards, Roger Hawkins on drums, David Hood on bass and Pete Carr and Jimmy Johnson on guitar.
Hits they played on together or individually include: When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge); Chain Of Fools, Respect, Since You’ve Been Gone, Think & I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (Aretha Franklin); I’ll Take You There & Respect Yourself (Staple Singers); Mustang Sally, Sugar Sugar & Land Of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett); Tell Mama (Etta James); Take A Letter Maria (R.B. Greaves); Kodachrome & Loves Me Like A Rock (Paul Simon); Night Moves, We’ve Got Tonight, Old Time Rock & Roll & Mainstreet (Bob Seger); My Little Town (Simon & Garfunkel); I’m Your Puppet (James & Bobby Purify); Slip Away (Clarence Carter); Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley); Sailing & Tonight’s The Night (Rod Stewart); If Loving You Is Wrong (Luther Ingram); Torn Between Two Lovers (Mary MacGregor); Woman In Love & What Kind Of Fool (Barbra Streisand); Harvest Moon (Neil Young).