Spooner Oldham, songwriter, organist
Organist ~ Songwriter
birth name: Dewey Lyndon Oldham

Spooner Oldham

June 14, 1943, Alabama

As an integral part of the Memphis/Muscle Shoals studio bands of the late '60s, organist Spooner Oldham made a definite mark on the sound of soul music. ~ Allmusic: Spooner Oldham ~ retrieved June 7, 2013 © Allmusic

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June 14, 1975 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Linda Ronstadt, When Will I Be Loved ~ #2 (12) Captain & Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together ~ #1 (2) America, Sister Golden Hair

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Spooner Oldham ~ Inducted in the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Oldham is a linchpin of the Southern soul and R&B sound. The Alabama-born musician was part of the prolific crew that made records at Rick Hall’s FAME (“Florence Alabama Music Enterprises”) Studio and Muscle Shoal Sound Studios, in the northwest corner of the state. Oldham played keyboards on such seminal soul songs as Percy Sledge’s ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ Wilson Pickett’s ‘Mustang Sally,’ Arthur Alexander’s ‘You Better Move On,’ and ‘I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),’ Aretha Franklin’s historic first recording for Atlantic Records. He was a co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, whose other members were guitarist Jimmy Johnson, bassist David Hood and drummer Roger Hawkins. When Oldham moved to Memphis, he brought in his own replacement, keyboardist Barry Beckett. In 1967 Oldham resumed his songwriting partnership with singer/guitarist Dan Penn at Chips Moman’s American Studios in Memphis. Oldham has written a brace of soul classics with Penn, including James and Bobby Purify’s ‘I’m Your Puppet,’ James Carr’s ‘The Dark End of the Street,’ the Box Tops’ ‘Cry Like a Baby,’ and Janis Joplin’s ‘A Woman Left Lonely.’ The duo estimate that they’ve written between 400 and 500 songs together. A subsequent move to Los Angeles found Oldham recording with a variety of artists across the stylistic spectrum, including Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Gene Clark, Ry Cooder, the Flying Burrito Brothers and many others. ~ 2009 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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Jackson Browne ~ For Everyman (1973) ~ Ranked #450 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ On his second album, Browne emerged as the J.D. Salinger of the L.A. singer-songwriters; songs like These Days (first recorded by Velvet Underground singer Nico) capture the shift from the idealistic Sixties to the disillusioned Seventies. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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