Joe Osborn

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. You know him best for his work with Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & The Papas, Neil Diamond, the Monkees, Beach Boys and scores of other artists too numerous to cite.