Joe Osborn, Wrecking Crew Bass Guitarist, Dies at Age 81

Updated On 17 Dec, 2018 Published On

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.

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.

Joe, who gave the legendary Fender Jazz bass to Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame, had autographed by musicians he accompanied including Olivia Newton-John, Karen Carpenter and Glen Campbell.

Funeral service for the late bassist will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Joe Osborn!

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