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Larry Knechtel Dead At 69

August 24, 2009 | People

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
Lou A wrote on August 25, 2009
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.
Mike Landsdown wrote on August 26, 2009
RIP the 'real' Laurie Partridge!
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on August 27, 2009
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.