LARRY KNECHTEL R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
August 28, 2009
LARRY KNECHTEL 8/14/40 – 8/20/9
Larry Knechtel was one of the greatest studio players of all time. From recording with Johnny Rivers, Duane Eddy, The Doors, The Byrds, and being part of the group Bread, to his classic piano part on Simon and Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”…he left his stamp on everything he touched.
On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 8:29 AM, my longtime friend Patti Dahlstrom wrote:
Dearest Family and Friends,
I have just received the sad news today from Art Munson and Artie Wayne that a dear friend of mine, Larry Knechtel, has passed on. Larry was a legend in pop music, still more than that he was one of the most down-to-earth people and true hearts I have ever known. I was blessed to have Larry play piano on my 3rd album. He came into my life when I was deeply heart-broken, as I had lost a great love and my piano player. He stepped in with compassion and patience and we quickly became good friends. He played piano, bass, harmonica and sang background vocals, as well as producing and arranging my 4th album on which we had a song we wrote together, Changing Minds, which will be included on my CD release here in the UK.
The last time we exchanged emails was on his birthday August 4th. Leo rules the heart and he had a big one that gave and gave until it finally gave out. The obits say he played a concert the week before. It is only fitting that Larry should play until the end. The earth is a sadder venue without him. He was a great friend whom I treasured.
Here is a song I wrote with Artie Wayne when Jim Croce died, “Sending My Good Thoughts To You”. Larry is playing piano on it. It is appropriate that I send it out in his memory now. Thank you for everything, Larry. http://artiewayne.com/sending.html
Larry Knechtel R.I.P ROCK IN PERPETUITY
Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/
Above photo of Larry Knechtel Copyright 2009 by Patti Dahlstrom
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