Tommy Cogbill

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A master counter-melodic / pocket player and certifiable giant of the instrument - and unquestionably deserving of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition - the late Thomas Clark Cogbill was among the go-to Nashville / “Memphis Boys” session cats who established the electric bass in country music, along with rock, soul, pop, rhythm and blues, and permutations thereof.

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Where to begin with Cogbill’s canon? Dusty Springfield (“Son of a Preacher Man”), Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett (“Funky Broadway”), Elvis, Neil Diamond (“Sweet Caroline”), King Curtis (“Memphis Soul Stew”), Dolly Parton, Herbie Mann, Dobie Gray, and Kris Kristofferson, to cite a select few. 

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Using a Fender P, Tommy’s tone maintained a deep resonance balanced with a slight treble edge to rise through the mix.   

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