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Goldmine's Hall of Fame Inductees - Volume 80

Goldmine Magazine's 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 80th 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 -

Steve Gadd


Inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984, this New Yorker has backed many of the Jazz greats since the 1970s, but also has contributed tasteful drumming to many LPs and singles by Rock recording artists. Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, Joss Stone, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Etta James, Janis Ian, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael McDonald, Stephen Bishop, the Bee Gees, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Peter Gabriel, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joe Cocker, Christopher Cross, Leo Sayer, Dusty Springfield, Natalie Cole, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Ray Charles, Karen Carpenter, Barry Manilow, John Sebastian, Andy Gibb, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, Roberta Flack, James Brown, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, 10cc, Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Dr. John, The Stylistics, Gladys Knight, Ashford & Simpson, Melissa Manchester, Sergio Mendes, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Esther Phillips, Nancy Wilson, David Ruffin, Frankie Valli, Richard Harris and Aretha Franklin are just some of the names dotting Gadd's resume.

Jazz oriented stars such as Chuck Mangione, Milt Jackson, Hubert Laws, Johnny Smith, Herbie Mann, George Benson, Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Stanley Clarke, Grover Washington Jr., Al DiMeola, Charles Mingus, Al Jarreau and Maynard Ferguson also availed themselves of Gadd's versatile playing.

A few of Gadd's performances include: Hey 19 & Aja (Steely Dan); Late In The Evening, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Father & Daughter (Paul Simon); My Father's Eyes (Eric Clapton); You Belong To Me (Carly Simon); Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick); The Hustle (Van McCoy).

waddy wachtel


From New York City, this guitarist is one of the most recognizable sidemen in the music industry, appearing often on TV and concert stages. He has toured with The Everly Brothers, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart and Bryan Ferry, and has numerous appearances in festivals and TV shows.

His recording resume includes: Lonely Boy (Andrew Gold); That'll Be The Day, It's So Easy, Blue Bayou, Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, Tumbling Dice, Back In The USA, Alison & Ooo Baby Baby (Linda Ronstadt); Short People (Randy Newman); Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon); You're Only Lonely (JD Souther); Up On The Roof (James Taylor); Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes); Edge of Seventeen, After The Glitter Fades, Sometimes It's A Bitch, Stand Back, Whole Lotta Trouble & If Anyone Falls, (Stevie Nicks); Leather & Lace (Stevie Nicks & Don Henley); Her Town Too (James Taylor & JD Souther); Shame On The Moon & Roll Me Away (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band); Oh Sherrie (Steve Perry); I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me (Roseanne Cash); Heart Of Stone (Cher); Lake Marie (John Prine).

billy joel band


While Billy Joel 's band has undergone multiple personnel changes over the years, the group responsible for backing Joel during his peak hit-making period consisted of Richie Cannata, who contributed sax, flute, clarinet and keyboards, the rhythm section of drummer Liberty DeVitto and Doug Stegmeyer on bass, and Russell Javors on guitar and harmonica. Guitarist David Brown and multi-instrumentalist Mark Rivera, who replaced Cannata in 1982, also were huge factors in Joel's success.

These members also contributed, separately, to studio work for many others, including Tommy Shaw, the Beach Boys, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Karen Carpenter, Debbie Gibson, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean and Joe Walsh. But it was mainly their output for Joel that made them constant fixtures on the radio and best-seller charts, though most listeners didn't know their names.

The Joel hit parade included: New York State of Mind, Angry Young Man, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Just The Way You Are, Only The Good Die You, She's Always A Woman, My Life, Big Shot, Honesty, You May Be Right, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, Don't Ask Me Why, Sometimes A Fantasy, The River of Dreams & All About Soul.



Billy Joel's recent touring partner also recorded several albums before hitting his stride that resulted in a stunning collection of recordings that not only became hits, but also modern classics. And like Joel, John's greatest commercial success coincided with the stabilization of a backing group that contributed mightily.

The "band," consisting of drummer Nigel Olsson, guitarist Davey Johnstone and bassist Dee Murray, came together on John's first U.S. #1 LP, 1972's Honky Chateau, and, later augmented by percussionist Ray Cooper, remained as John put together a string of five consecutive #1 LPs, concluding with 1975's Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Johnstone was joined by drummer Roger Pope and guitarist Caleb Quaye, both fixtures on John's early releases, who came back for 1975's Rock Of The Westies, John's sixth straight U.S. #1, and 1976's Blue Moves, which stopped at U.S. #3.

The band, which also contributed vocals, backed John on the following top 10 U.S. singles: Rocket Man, Honky Cat, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Bennie & The Jets, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, The Bitch Is Back, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Philadelphia Freedom, Someone Saved My Life Tonight and a near miss, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, which stopped at #12.



Norfolk, Virginia's sax man extraordinaire instantly became famous when Gary U.S. Bonds enthusiastically exclaimed "Blow Daddy. Blow Blow Daddy" as his monster hit, "Quarter To Three," roared to #1 in spite of prehistoric production and some vulgar exhortations from in-studio partyers.

Yes, the 1961 smash introduced teenagers to "Daddy G," and Philadelphia's Dovells proclaimed "we ponied and twisted and we rocked with Daddy G" on their #2 smash "Bristol Stomp" later that same year. Actually, "Quarter To Three" began as an instrumental, "A Night With Daddy G," recorded by the Church Street Five on which Bonds later added lyrics. Leading the Church Street Five was Gene Barge, known as Daddy G.

Barge would play on many Bonds hits, and also backed Fats Domino, Little Richard, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, LaVern Baker, Natalie Cole and the Rolling Stones among others.

Some of the hits featuring Barge are: C.C. Rider & Betty & Dupree (Chuck Willis); School Is In, School Is Out, Twist, Twist Senora, Dear Lady Twist & Quarter To Three (Gary U.S. Bonds); If You Wanna Be Happy (Jimmy Soul); Rescue Me (Fontella Bass); We're Gonna Make It (Little Milton); Wang Dang Doodle (Koko Taylor); Higher & Higher (Jackie Wilson).