Tommy Cogbill

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Tommy Cogbill
Birth nameThomas Clark Cogbill
Born(1932-04-08)April 8, 1932
Johnson Grove, Tennessee, United States
DiedDecember 7, 1982(1982-12-07) (aged 50)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Soul music, R&B, country music
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar

Thomas Clark Cogbill (April 8, 1932 – December 7, 1982) was an American bassist, guitarist and record producer working in the R&B, soul music, and country music genres.

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Life and career

Cogbill was born in Johnson Grove, Tennessee, United States. He was a highly sought-after session and studio musician who appeared on many now-classic recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, especially those recorded in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals. He has been credited as an influence by many bass guitarists, including Jerry Jemmott & Jaco Pastorius. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Cogbill worked as a record producer American Sound Studio, in Memphis, [1] and was part of the studio's house rhythm section, known as the Memphis Boys. [2]

One of the best-known recordings featuring his bassline was Dusty Springfield's 1969 hit "Son of a Preacher Man", produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd. [3] Other major artists he recorded with include King Curtis, Joe Tex, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin (Cogbill played the bassline on "Chain of Fools"), Dobie Gray, Kris Kristofferson, J. J. Cale, Wilson Pickett (Cogbill played the bassline on "Funky Broadway"), Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, Bob Seger, and Neil Diamond. [4] He also played bass on King Curtis's single "Memphis Soul Stew" in 1967. [4]

Cogbill died of a stroke on December 7, 1982, in Nashville, [5] aged 50.

Discography, albums

Discography, songs

Song titleTitleDateUS chartsR&B chartsBritish charts
Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett May 11, 19666122
Mustang Sally Wilson PickettOctober 13, 196623628
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) Aretha Franklin October 13, 196691
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man Aretha FranklinJanuary 24, 1967
Funky Broadway Wilson PickettFebruary 1, 19678143
Respect Aretha FranklinFebruary 14, 19671110
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Aretha FranklinFebruary 17, 196782
Baby I Love You Aretha Franklin19674139
Chain Of Fools Aretha FranklinJuly 8, 1967211
I’m in Love Wilson PickettJuly 1, 19674
Memphis Soul Stew King Curtis July 5, 1967336
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone Aretha FranklinDecember 16, 19675147
Think Aretha FranklinApril 15, 19687126
Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley January, 19691
Soul Deep The Box Tops June 196918-22

Collaborations

See also

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References

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