This is the 79th 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
621. KING CURTIS
While the basic lineup for a Rock band usually is stereotyped as two guitars, bass and drums, two other instruments, the piano and sax, play just as important roles. And one of the all-time great sax players was Curtis Ousley, who practiced his craft as King Curtis.
Curtis had hit records on his own, 1962’s “Soul Twist” topping the R&B chart while placing #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. In all, Curtis placed 15 entries onto the Hot 100, other highlights being 1967’s “Memphis Soul Stew” at #33 and “Ode To Billie Joe” at #28. He also posted nine LPs on the Billboard Top 200.
However, it was Curtis’ stuttering sax on cuts such as the Coasters’ classic “Yakety Yak” that made him a much in demand studio musician. Unfortunately for Curtis and the music world, he was stabbed to death in a senseless altercation at the age of just 37.
Some of his contributions include: Yakety Yak, Run Red Run, Poison Ivy, Along Came Jones & Charlie Brown (Coasters); I Cried A Tear (LaVerne Baker); It’s So Hard (John Lennon); Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Jack O’ Diamonds & This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ (Ruth Brown); Tossin’ & Turnin’ (Bobby Lewis); (Sweet, Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone, Chain Of Fools, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman & Ain’t No Way (Aretha Franklin); Send For Me (Nat King Cole); Reminiscing (Buddy Holly); It’s Wonderful (Rascals).
622. JIM KELTNER
Heading for the West Coast out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jim Keltner became one of Rock’s most popular studio drummers. Making a name for himself in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, Keltner went on to drum for all the Beatles except Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brian Wilson, J.J. Cale, Richard Thompson, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel and a host of others.
A few of the hits Keltner played on include: Anticipation (Carly Simon); Short People (Randy Newman); Saw A New Morning (Bee Gees); Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan); Jealous Guy, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, #9 Dream & Mind Games (John Lennon); Dream Weaver (Gary Wright); She’s A Mystery To Me (Roy Orbison); Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys); She’s Just My Style (Gary Lewis & the Playboys); Bangla Desh, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) & You (George Harrison); On The Turning Away (Pink Floyd); How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (James Taylor); Back Off Boogaloo, Oh My My & Photograph (Ringo Starr); Without You (Harry Nilsson).
623. JIM HORN
It’s no wonder Duane Eddy became such a success. Backing the Goldmine Hall of Fame guitarist were Larry Knechtel, a Goldmine Hall of Fame inductee with Bread, and this Los Angeles native, who became one of Rock’s most popular session musicians on sax and woodwinds. In addition to seeing him with Eddy, you may have caught Jim Horn as a member of Shindig’s! band, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen, the Concert for Bangladesh, Garth Brook’s HBO special in New York City’s Central Park, on a tour with John Denver or backing Kenny Chesney.
Hits Horn played on include: Creeque Alley (Mamas & Papas); Calypso (John Denver); Angel of Harlem (U2); Lady Blue (Leon Russell); Poor Side Of Town (Johnny Rivers); Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison); Good Vibrations (Beach Boys); Light My Fire (Jose Feliciano); Going Up The Country (Canned Heat); Little Jeannie (Elton John); Rosanna & Africa (Toto); Laughter In The Rain (Neil Sedaka); River Deep – Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Righteous Brothers); Excitable Boy (Warren Zevon); The One You Love (Glen Frey); More Today Than Yesterday (Spiral Staircase); I Can’t Tell You Why (Vince Gill); Ride Like The Wind (Christopher Cross).
624. BOOTS RANDOLPH
Kentucky’s Homer Louis Randolph III, better known as “Boots,” was such a beloved session sax player, Roy Orbison reportedly paid him even for sessions he didn’t play on, considering Randolph his “good luck charm.” But Randolph not only contributed to more than his share of sessions, he also had a successful career of his own, the 1963 single “Yakety Sax” becoming a #35 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Penned by Randolph & Spider Rich, the song became so associated with the Benny Hill Show on TV it sometimes is referred to as The Benny Hill Theme.
Fourteen LPs by Randolph graced the Billboard Top 200 chart, 1969’s “Boots & Stockings” becoming a major seasonal hit, while four other Randolph entries peaked in the chart’s upper half.
Some of the hits Randolph played on include: Oh, Pretty Woman, Mean Woman Blues, Blue Bayou & In Dreams (Roy Orbison); Java (Al Hirt); Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, I’m Sorry, You Can Depend On Me & I Want To Be Wanted (Brenda Lee); Good Luck Charm, Return To Sender, Surrender & Reconsider Baby (Elvis Presley); Rock Around With Ollie Vee (Buddy Holly); Orange Blossom Special (Johnny Cash).
625. CHARLIE McCOY
Today, this West Virginia harmonica master should have a field day with the recording equipment available. For Charlie McCoy plays enough instruments to make top-notch recordings all by himself. In fact, Al Kooper recalled that McCoy, in a session for “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine” for Bob Dylan’s classic Blonde On Blonde LP, played bass and trumpet simultaneously as Dylan disliked overdubs.
As it was, McCoy carved out a very successful solo career in addition to his outstanding resume as a session musician. Under his own name, McCoy pushed eight albums into the Billboard Country top 50 and an equal number of singles into the Country top 40. In 1972 “The Real McCoy” reached #2 on the LP list, with “Charlie McCoy” following at #7. The next year, “Good Time Charlie” topped the chart, followed by “The Fastest Harp In The South,” which peaked at #2. He also recorded with Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry.
Some of his session work includes: I Just Don’t Understand (Ann Margret); Candy Man, Blue Bayou & Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison); All Along The Watchtower, Desolation Row, Rainy Day Women #12&35 & Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands (Bob Dylan); Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton); The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel); Big Boss Man (Elvis Presley); He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones); Take This Job & Shove It (Johnny Paycheck); Delta Dawn (Tanya Tucker); 500 Miles & Detroit City (Bobby Bare); Jackson (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood); What Made Milwaukee Famous (Jerry Lee Lewis); Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line (Waylon Jennings); The Streak (Ray Stevens); I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (BJ Thomas); Mohair Sam (Charlie Rich); It’s Too Late (Bobby Goldsboro); The Choking Kind (Joe Simon); Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson); Snap Your Fingers (Joe Henderson).