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Goldmine's Hall of Fame Inductees - Volume 75

The Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame continues its induction of many great session musicians who have had significant impact on popular recordings
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This is the 75th 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 -

Earl Palmer3


Born in New Orleans, this drummer would have earned a Hall of Fame niche just on his work behind Little Richard & Fats Domino. But he moved to California and became one of the Wrecking Crew's most important cogs along with Hal Blaine. His powerful style is easily recognizable, but he also had the versatility needed to back up artists on recordings ranging from Richard's "Rip It Up" to Nat King Cole's "Ramblin' Rose."

Just "a few" of the recordings featuring Palmer's drumming include: Tutti Frutti, Ready Teddy, Slippin' & Slidin', Long Tall Sally, The Girl Can't Help It, Rip It Up, Good Golly Miss Molly, Jenny Jenny (Little Richard); Let’s Go (Routers); Chipmunk Song (David Seville); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); You Send Me, Twistin the Night Away & Cupid (Sam Cooke); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); Mission Impossible (Lalo Schifrin); Rockin' Robin, Little Bitty Pretty One & Over & Over (Bobby Day); The Lonely Bull (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass); Jennie Lee (Jan & Arnie); Surf City, Drag City, Dead Man's Curve & The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (Jan & Dean); Come On, Let's Go, La Bamba & Donna (Ritchie Valens); Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price); Blue Monday, I'm In Love Again, My Blue Heaven, Walkin' To New Orleans, I'm Walkin' (Fats Domino); Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley & Lee); Little Bitty Pretty One (Thurston Harris); Summertime Blues & Somethin' Else (Eddie Cochran); Short Fat Fannie & Bony Maronie (Larry Williams); Please Let Me Wonder (Beach Boys); Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (Mel Carter); Willie & the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis); In The Mood (Ernie Fields); Devil Or Angel, Run To Him, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Take Good Care Of My Baby & Rubber Ball (Bobby Vee); Chip Chip, Tower of Strength & A Hundred Pounds Of Clay (Gene McDaniels); I Can't Stop Loving You & You Don't Know Me (Ray Charles); Ramblin' Rose (Nat King Cole).

Al Casey


California-born Casey was a mult-instrumentalist, who specialized on guitar. Casey got his start with Lee Hazlewood in Phoenix, playing on "The Fool," a far sized hit for Sanford Clark. He also played various instruments behind Duane Eddy, writing two of Eddy's hits, "Ramrod" and "40 Miles of Bad Road," the latter a co-effort with Eddy.

His impressive resume as a session musician includes, in part: Good Vibrations & Sloop John B (Beach Boys); Endless Sleep (Jody Reynolds) Mary Mary (Monkees); Strangers In The Night & That’s Life (Frank Sinatra); These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra); Windy (Association); A Little Less Conversation & Memories (Elvis); Something Stupid (Nancy & Frank Sinatra); Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix & Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell); Everybody's Talkin' (Nilsson); Sugar Town (Nancy Sinatra); McArthur Park (Richard Harris); My Love (Petula Clark); Up, Up & Away (Fifth Dimension).

Roy Caton collage


One of several horn players in the Wrecking Crew, this trumpeter from Pennsylvania worked with Woody Herman and Charlie Parker, then became one of the most prolific session men, working with Frank Zappa, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, the Blossoms, Johnny Cash and Marvin Gaye, just to name a few.

Just a sample of some of the hits on which he participated includes:

Be My Baby (Ronettes); Danke Shoen (Wayne Newton)' California Girls & the Pet Sounds & Smile LPs (Beach Boys); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ & Sugar Town (Nancy Sinatra); A Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); A Little Less Conversation (Elvis); Something Stupid (Nancy & Frank Sinatra); Galveston & Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell); My Love (Petula Clark).



This Iowa musician, credited as being the first electric bass player in Los Angeles, also was a master of the upright bass, guitar & mandolin, all of which he contributed to The Beach Boys' classic album, Pet Sounds & the Wrecking Crew. He also played a major role in the popular TV show, "Shindig."

Just a sampling of Pohlman's session work includes: Good Vibrations, Fun, Fun, Fun, Help Me Rhonda, Dance, Dance, Dance, Please Let Me Wonder & God Only Knows (Beach Boys); Be My Baby (Ronettes); Bring It On Home To Me, Good Times & Havin' A Party (Sam Cooke); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); That’s Life (Frank Sinatra); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); Windy (Association); Out Of Limits (Marketts); Surf City & The Little Old Lady From Pasadena (Jan & Dean); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); Stoned Soul Picnic (5th Dimension); The Lonely Bull (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass); Everybody Loves Somebody (Dean Martin); My Love (Petula Clark); Hawaii 5-O (Ventures).

Jay Migliori


Born in Erie, Pennsylvania this sax/reeds man emerged from Woody Herman's band to become one of Southern California's most prominent session man. In addition to the recordings listed below, Migliori worked with Nilsson, Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, among others. In 1972, he joined Supersax, a nine-man band that won a 1974 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance by a Group.

Migliori's work can be sampled on: Be My Baby (Ronettes); Then He Kissed Me & Da Doo Ron Ron (Crystals); You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers); Good Vibrations, Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls, Help Me Rhonda, Sloop John B & God Only Knows (Beach Boys); River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner); Renaissance Fair (Byrds); Tap Root Manuscript LP (Neil Diamond).