I was sad to hear that Larry Knechtel has passed away. Jay Senter and Mike Melvoin, in picture, off to airport. Flying to Atlanta for the Sammy Johns session.
I won’t go into his resume here as a quick Google search will reveal his impact on music over the last 40 or so years. I was fortunate to work with Larry on a number of occasions but the one I remember the most was when I received a call from producer Jay Senter (I Am Woman, Helen Reddy) to fly to Atlanta Georgia to record an album for Sammy Johns on the GRC label. This album included his monster hit “Chevy Van”. There were some amazing players on this album. Larry Knechtel on bass (Larry could play anything!), James Burton and myself on guitar, Mike Melvoin on piano and Jim Gordon on drums. I was really flattered to be included with such notable players! We really went first class, all expenses paid. We even had the “upstairs” suite in the 747 jet that flew us there. Of course the sessions were amazing and what an honor to play with such great players. One of the biggest laughs that we had was the rumor that the GRC label was financed with porn money!
The last time I saw Larry was when he came to my studio and played piano on some demos for Patti Dahlstrom. He will be sorely missed!