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Encyclopedia > Spooner Oldham

Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham is an American songwriter and session musician. An organist, he recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and at FAME Studios on such hit R&B songs as "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett and "I Never Loved a Man" by Aretha Franklin. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Session musicians are musicians available for hire, as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right. ... An organist is a musician who plays the organ, whether pipe or electronic. ... Muscle Shoals is a city located in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924, and is included in The Shoals MSA. // Geography Muscle Shoals is located at 34°453 North, 87°391 West (34. ... FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios were an integral part of American popular music in the late 60s and 70s. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 drama film, starring Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn and Lauren Tom. ... Percy Sledge Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and soul performer. ... Mustang Sally is a horror movie to be released in 2006. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B and soul singer. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ...


As a songwriter, Spooner Oldham teamed with Dan Penn to write such hits The Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby", "I'm Your Puppet", "A Woman Left Lonely" and "It Tears Me Up". Wallace Daniel Pennington (16 November 1941 -) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and sometime guitar player who co-wrote many soul hits of the 1960s including Dark End of the Street & Do Right Woman (with Chips Moman) and Out of Left Field & Cry Like A Baby (with Spooner... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ...


A native of Center Star, Alabama, Oldham started out playing piano in bands during high school. He then attended classes at the University of North Alabama but turned instead to playing at FAME Studios. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1967 and teamed up with Penn at Chips Moman's American Studios. The University of North Alabama (UNA) is a four-year public coeducational university located in Florence, Alabama. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... Lincoln Wayne Chips Moman is an American record producer, guitarist and songwriter, born 1936 in La Grange, Georgia. ...


Oldham later moved to Los Angeles and has continued to be a sought-after backing musician, recording and performing with such artists as Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt,Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts and J.J. Cale. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, May 20, 1944) is a rock/blues musician. ... Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American singer most closely associated with the country rock genre prevalent in the 1970s. ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock musician, whose introspective lyrics made him the long-haired, Southern Californian poster child of the confessional singer-songwriter movement. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Dickey Betts, born Forrest Richard Betts on December 12, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida, is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, most known for his work as a founding member of the southern blues/rock group The Allman Brothers Band. ... J.J. Cale (born December 5, 1938) is an American songwriter and musician, best known for writing two songs that Eric Clapton made famous, After Midnight and Cocaine . He is one of many artists that play the Tulsa Sound. ...


A frequent backing musician for Neil Young, Oldham appears in the concert film, Neil Young: Heart of Gold and is backing up Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour. Neil Percival Young OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Crosby, Stills, & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) is a pioneering folk rock/rock supergroup that formed out of the remnants of three 1960s bands the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Hollies. ...


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Proper American - Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (3019 words)
Oldham’s reputation grew in this musical hotbed, and he worked at other local studios as well, playing the indelible organ part on Percy Sledge's “When a Man Loves a Woman”—not on a Hammond B3, as is generally thought, but on a Farfisa.
While at Fame, Oldham left his imprint on the sound and evolution of southern soul music with his inimitable keyboard playing, but he turned out to be just as skilled and distinctive as a songwriter.
In the evenings, after the sessions had ended, Oldham would hole up with Penn, who was engineering at Fame and had the key to the studio, on songwriting sessions, and both immediately became aware of what Penn describes as “some sort of chemical deal together,” and that led to effort and inspiration.
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Oldham è nato in Alabama ed è stato uno dei protagonisti del cosiddetto "Muscle Shoals Sound", quello che prende il nome dai mitici studi "Muscle Shoals" di Sheffield in cui Dylan registrò uno dei suoi album migliori, "Slow Train Coming", oltre al successivo "Saved".
Spooner racconta che ha conosciuto la musica di Dylan attraverso le canzoni di Bob cantate da Peter, Paul and Mary, in particolare "Blowin' in the wind".
Oldham accettò e ricorda che Bob affittò un grosso edificio a Santa Monica dove provarono per tre settimane e Spooner rimase con la sua famiglia in un motel sulla spiaggia.
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