Joe Osborn, a bass guitarist of Los Angeles’ famed Wrecking Crew group, died Friday, December 14. He was 81.
The exact cause of his death has not been disclosed but looking at his old age, we can say he probably passed away from natural causes.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of bass great Joe Osborn. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. August 28, 1937—December 15, 2018 pic.twitter.com/2xc3PbMTFX
— Bass Player Magazine (@BassPlayerNow) December 15, 2018
Joe was ubiquitous, playing on tunes as sublime as Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and as silly as The Monkees theme from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s.
He is prominently featured in documentaries about the period including Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014) and The Wrecking Crew! (2015).
Born on August 28, 1937, Joe played the electric bass with a pick enabling his parts to cut through on recordings.
Funeral service for the late bassist will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Joe Osborn!
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