Larry Knechtel Dead At 69

Larry Knechtel of Yakima, an award-winning keyboard artist who accompanied generations of leading musicians and combos, is dead at 69.

Knechtel died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima.

Knechtel was born in Bell, Calif., and performed live and in studio recordings with a wide range of artists, including Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr. and Elvis Costello.

He earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," played keyboard on the Dixie Chicks' Grammy award-winning album "Taking the Long Way" and performed on the Hammond organ for the group's tour of the same name.

For Elvis Knechtel played bass on the soundtrack of Live a Little, Love a Little and bass and keyboards on the NBC-special.

Source: Associated Press / Updated: Aug 24, 2009 
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Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2009report abuse
So this is the guy that played keyboards on the NBC Special,I particlarly like the Hammond on "Jailhouse Rock" quite refreshing version. R.I.P.
Mike Landsdown (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 26, 2009report abuse
RIP the 'real' Laurie Partridge!
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 25, 2009report abuse
I was sorry to hear this news. Knechtel was one of the great keyboard players. He started as a member of Duane Eddy's Rebels in the late 50's , was a member of Bread , and played with Sinatra with many others including Elvis . A big loss.

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