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Tell me your favorite Tommy Cogbill bass line

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by TC2112, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. I think mine may be Kentucky Rain from Elvis in 1970.

    A lot of the Aretha stuff he did was awesome too. I'm just discovering Tommy and have been very impressed. Where's the love for this great bass player?

    Edit* For the uninitiated - Kentucky Rain
  2. Twnty1inRF

    Twnty1inRF Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
    Son of a Preacher Man... KILLER bass lines.
  3. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Funky Broadway.
  4. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    'I'm A Midnight Mover', also by Wilson Pickett.
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  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Son Of A Preacher Man"- Dusty Springfield.
  7. oren


    Aug 7, 2007
    I just finished reading Matt Dobkin's book I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece (http://amzn.to/aJ5grN ), so I've been listening to that album a lot lately.

    While it's extremely simple, Tommy's playing on Aretha's version of Drown In My Own Tears knocks me out. His first few notes, before the drums enter, completely set the groove with ultimate authority and a minimum of effort. It's the epitome of soul. In my dreams I can play like that.

    Take a listen: http://bit.ly/b2hvy9
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  8. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Thanks for the heads up on that book!
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I've had Funky Broadway on my brain for five days! I listen t it and play it all of the time!
  10. bassfuser


    Jul 16, 2008
    Didn't he play on Aretha's version of "The Weight"? A little Duane Allman action there too.
  11. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Funky Broadway.
    One of my favorite bass-lines ever.
  12. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    David Hood was the bassist on The Weight.
  13. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Um, no that was Jerry Jemmott with Duane...

    My favorite Cogbill line is a toss-up between "Son Of A Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield, and "Chain of Fools" from Aretha. I just picked up a remastered version of "Lady Soul", with an alternate edit of "Chain of Fools". Very tasty stuff through out, including that great simple line on "Natural Woman".

  14. bassman_al

    bassman_al Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Fairfax, VA USA
    In my band we play a lot of Aretha, Wilson Pickett and we also play Preacher Man. All great bass lines. I am embarrassed to say that before reading this thread I did not know who played bass on those tracks. Thanks for the education!
  15. cristeto1981


    Jun 16, 2010
    I agree. That song kicks ass. :)
  16. Colin_D


    Feb 28, 2010
    He did some great stuff with King Curtis too, Memphis Soul Stew, mmmmm tasty.
  17. Lichtaffen

    Lichtaffen Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rhode Island
  18. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    All of "Dusty in Memphis" and all of "Lady Soul". Tommy played with a guitar pick I'm told. I need to get that new version of "LadySoul".:)
  19. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    I got mine at Barnes & Noble's clearance rack for six bucks. Rhino's Atlantic & ATCO Remasters #R2 71933. It's got the whole original release remastered, plus an unedited version of "Chain Of Fools", and the mono single releases of "Natural Woman", "Since You've Been Gone", and "Ain't No Way".

    I know he played guitar (according to Jerry Jemmmot, Tommy played guitar on Aretha's "think"), the only photos I've seen of him playing bass show him playing with his fingers.

  20. Not quite a zombie thread, but why start a new one...

    I happened to acquire "Dusty in Memphis" recently and was completely floored by the bass playing, which lead me to Wiki, which lead me here.

    Those tracks just groove. Amazing playing.

  21. SoCal1


    Jul 18, 2011
    Yes...aside from his terrific bass work, Cogbills guitar overdub on Arethas "Think" is as funky as it gets. Story is that Tommy asked Jerry Wexler if he could go back and lay down a guitar line after the track was finished and Wexler (and Aretha) agreed. Thats some nasty pickin there.