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Larry Knechtel
Birth: Aug. 4, 1940
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 2009
Yakima County
Washington, USA

Musician. Keyboardist with the 1970's music group Bread. He learned to play the piano as a child and was a member of the Los Angeles band Kip Tyler and the Flips during his teenage years. In 1959, he joined Duane Eddy's group with whom he would tour and record. During the 1960's, he would establish himself as a highly-regarded session musician as he became part of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound". He was also a member of the famed group of sessions musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew". During this period, he worked with such artists as The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers and Neil Diamond. He played bass guitar on The Byrds' 1965 hit "Mr. Tambourine Man" and contributed his piano playing on the 1970 Grammy Award-winning Simon and Garfunkel score "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". In 1971, he joined the already established soft-rock group Bread and was a member when they enjoyed top ten hits with the songs "If" (1971), "Baby I'm- A Want You" (1971) and "Everything I Own" (1972). He also recorded two solo albums. In 2006, Knechtel toured with The Dixie Chicks and recorded on their Grammy Award-winning album "Taking The Long Way". He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007. (bio by: C.S.) 
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Record added: Aug 22, 2009
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