Hail to the chief

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 1, 2009

A couple of weeks back, two guys passed away who contributed mightily to the sound of music in the past 50 years, albeit quite a bit more anonymously than Michael Jackson. Keyboardist Barry Beckett was one of the legendary Muscle Shoals session players. He's on classic records such as Aretha's "I Never Loved a Man," Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1000 Dances," Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Paul Simon's "Kodachrome." He also produced albums for Bob Dylan, John Prine, Dire Straits, Etta James, the Staple Singers, Phish, and many others. A serious resume.

Bob Bogle created one of the greatest guitar sounds you've ever heard. He was the lead guitarist for the Ventures and, if you're over the age of 55, chances are you bought one of the band's umpteen hit 45s, including "Walk — Don't Run" and the theme from Hawaii 5-0. Bogle is in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and you can look it up. Neither of these guys were superstars, but they made solid contributions to the soundtrack of our lives.

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