He was a first-call Wrecking Crew session giant whose upper register countermelodies, to my ears, are among the greatest in the pop music canon, and are on par with such high-note notables as Sir Paul, Brian Wilson, and Chris Squire. With a Fender Jazz equipped with LaBella flats that he hardly ever replaced and a plectrum, Joe Osborn was a staple on radio, television, and films throughout the 1960s-70s. It’s estimated that Joe anchored over two hundred Top 40 hits and over 20 chart-toppers in a career that spanned nearly a half century.
You know him best for his work with Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & The Papas, Neil Diamond, the Monkees, Beach Boys and scores of other artists far too numerous to cite.
Know Your Bass Player cited Joe Osborn in Huffington Post November 2017 in “A Bass Player’s Rant: 33 Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. https://bit.ly/2YjDrsF