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New: Joe Osborn Interview(s)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Chris May, Oct 22, 2013.


  1. In the last couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of interviewing friend and bassist Joe Osborn on our radio show here in Palm Springs, CA. During this time we did an interview with him and drummer Hal Blaine, as well as a separate interview with just Joe. The interviews can be found here:

    Hal Blaine & Joe Osborn Interview

    Joe Osborn Interview
     
  2. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    very cool!!!

    I would love to listen to them....I cannot ID the interviews on the page....which ones are they?

    thx.
     
  3. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Will check these out soon.

    Moving to Bassists.
     
  4. joe is my all time favorite. i read everything i can about him. i really enjoyed hearing his stories again in the interview.

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    joes discography
    The Osborn Top 40

    With a recording career that spanned three decades, one can assume there might be a few hit songs along the way. In bassist Joe Osborn’s case, the number is around 200. This list contains songs that appeared on the pop charts. According to Joe, it’s a little incomplete due to the fact that he can’t remember every session. In his days in Nashville, Osborn played on 53 certifiable number one songs on the country charts.

    Arranged By Year - Artist - Title - Chart Position

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Travelin’ Man - 1
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring - 1
    1965 - Barry Maguire - Eve Of Destruction - 1
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Monday Monday - 1
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town - 1
    1967 - Association - Windy - 1
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues - 1
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Dizzy - 1
    1970 - Carpenters - Close To You - 1
    1970 - Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rose - 1
    1970 - Partridge Family - I Think I Love You - 1
    1970 - Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1
    1972 - Helen Reddy - I Am Woman - 1
    1973 - Carpenters - Top Of The World - 1
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn – 1
    1974 - Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman – 1

    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Memphis - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Count Me In - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Save Your Heart For Me - 2
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Dedicated To The One I Love - 2
    1968 - Association - Never My Love - 2
    1968 - Richard Harris - Macarthur Park - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - Superstar - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun - 2
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - One Less Bell To Answer - 2
    1971 - Carpenters - Rainy Days And Mondays - 2
    1972 - Carpenters - Hurting Each Other - 2
    1973 - Carpenters - Yesterday Once More - 2
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – 2

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man - 3
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ - 3
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Stone Soul Picnic - 3
    1968 - Monkees - Valleri - 3
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - Little Women - 3
    1971 - Carpenters - For All We Know - 3
    1973 - Carpenters - Sing - 3
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Leave Me Alone – 3

    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown - 4
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin’ - 4
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - San Francisco - 4
    1974 - America - Tin Man - 4
    1975 - Carpenters - Only Yesterday – 4

    1962 - Rick Nelson - Teenage Idol - 5
    1962 - Rick Nelson – Young World - 5
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Words Of Love - 5
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Creeque Alley - 5
    1968 - Grass Roots - Midnight Confession - 5
    1968 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In - 5
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Julie - Do You Love Me - 5
    1974 - Neil Diamond - Longfellow Serenade - 5
    1975 - America - Lonely People - 5
    1977 – Kenny Rogers - Lucille – 5

    1962 - Rick Nelson - It’s Up To You - 6
    1964 - Rick Nelson – For You - 6
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - I Saw Her Again - 6
    1966 - Tommy Roe - Hurray For Hazel - 6
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Ruby - 6
    1969 - Neil Diamond - Holly Holy - 6
    1970 - Barbra Streisand - Stoney End - 6
    1972 - Johnny Rivers - Rockin’ Pneumonia - 6
    1971 - Partridge Family - Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted – 6

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Seventh Son - 7
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Up Up And Away - 7
    1969 - Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer - 7
    1971 - Tommy Roe - Stagger Lee - 7
    1972 - Carpenters - Goodbye To Love – 7

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Green Grass - 8
    1968 - Boyce & Hart - I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonight - 8
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Jam Up - Jelly Tight - 8
    1972 - America - Ventura Highway - 8
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Didn’t Get To Sleep At All - 8
    1975 - Helen Reddy - No Way To Treat A Lady – 8

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Hello Mary Lou - 9
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Mountain Of Love - 9
    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be The Same - 9
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - La La La - 9
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Easy Come Easy Go - 9
    1971 - Grass Roots - Sooner Or Later - 9
    1971 - Partridge Family - I’ll Meet You Halfway - 9
    1973 - Art Garfunkel - All I Know - 9
    1973 - B.W. Stevenson - My Maria - 9
    1974 - Helen Reddy - You And Me Against The World - 9
    1975 - Austin Roberts - Rocky - 9
    1978 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again - 9
    1982 - Sylvia - Nobody – 9

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Tracks Of My Tears - 10
    1968 - Association – Everything That Touches You - 10
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Arizona - 10
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - If I Could Reach You - 10
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Nights Are Forever – 10

    1961 - Rick Nelson - A Wonder Like You - 11
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Somethin’s Burnin’ - 11
    1974 - Carpenters - I Won’t Last A Day Without You - 11

    1963 - Rick Nelson - Fools Rush In - 12
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Maybelle - 12
    1968 - Cass Elliott - Dream A Little Dream - 12
    1971 – Fifth Dimension - Never My Love - 12
    1972 - Carpenters - It’s Going To Take Some Time - 12
    1972 - Austin Roberts - Something’s Wrong With Me - 12
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Peaceful - 12
    1976 - Carpenters - There’s A Kind Of Hush – 12

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - My Heart Symphony - 13
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Sweet Blindness - 13
    1971 - Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How To Love Him - 13
    1972 - Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning - 13

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Summer Rain - 14

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Paint Me A Picture - 15
    1969 - Grass Roots - I’d Wait A Million Years - 15
    1971 - Grass Roots - Temptation Eyes - 15
    1974 - Helen Reddy - Keep On Singing – 15

    1961 - Rick Nelson – Ever Lovin’ - 16
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Go Where You Wanna Go - L 6
    1971 - Grass Roots - Two Divided By Love - 16
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - Cry Like A Baby - 16
    1981 - Carpenters - Touch Me When We’re Dancin’ – 16

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You - 17
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tell It All Brother - 17
    1975 - Carpenters - Solitaire – 17

    1976 - Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You – 18

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Muddy Water - 19
    1968 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Sealed With A Kiss - 19
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - But You Know I Love You - 19
    1970 - Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back - 19
    1971 - Fifth Dimension - Love Lines Angels & Rhymes - 19
    1976 - Helen Reddy - Somewhere In The Night - 19
    1982 - Michael Murphy - What’s Forever For – 19

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Midnight Special - 20
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Twelve Thirty - 20
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Workin’ On A Groovy Thing - 20
    1970 - Michael Parks - Long Lonesome Highway - 20
    1972 - Partridge Family - It’s One Of Those Nights - 20
    1977 - Olivia Newton John - Sam – 20

    1967 – Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Where Will Words Come From - 21
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Blowing Away - 21
    1977 – England Dan & John Ford Coley - It’s Sad To Belong – 21

    1975 - Helen Reddy - Emotion – 22

    1967 - Grass Roots - Things I Should Have Said - 23
    1967 - Tommy Roe - It’s Now Winter’s Day - 23
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Try A Little Kindness - 23
    1977 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Gone Too Far - 23

    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Look Through My Window - 24
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - Like An Old Time Movie - 24
    1969 - Grass Roots – Heaven Knows - 24
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Puppet Man - 24
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Hey Mr. Sun – 24

    1963 - Rick Nelson - String Along - 25
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - California Soul - 25
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Silver Bird – 25

    1976 - Carpenters - I Need To Be In Love - 26
    1964 - Rick Nelson - The Very Thought Of You - 26
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Where Have All The Flowers Gone - 26
    1967 - Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - 26
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Glad To Be Unhappy - 26
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Where’s The Playground Suzie - 26
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Reuben James - 26

    1968 - Boyce & Hart - Alice Long - 27
    1970 - Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream - 27
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Save The Country – 27

    1966 - Grass Roots - Where Were You When I Needed You - 28
    1969 - Grass Roots - Bella Linda - 28
    1972 - Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – 28

    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Carpet Man - 29
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Heather Honey - 29
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - The Drum – 29

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Morning - 30
    1969 - Cass Elliott - It’s Getting Better – 30

    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang – Makin’ Every Minute Count - 31
    1969 - Grass Roots - The River Is Wide - 31
    1971 - Glen Campbell - Dream Baby - 31
    1974 - Albert Hammond - I’m A Train – 31

    1970 - John Philips - Mississippi - 32
    1973 - Fifth Dimension – Living Together, Growing Together - 32
    1977 - Carpenters - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – 32

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Under Your Spell Again - 33
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Heed The Call - 33
    1976 - Olivia Newton John - Don’t Stop Believin’ – 33

    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Paper Cup - 34
    1972 - Grass Roots - Glory Bound - 34
    1973 - Neil Diamond - Be - 34
    1974 - Art Garfunkel - Second Avenue – 34

    1969 - Glen Campbell – True Grit - 35
    1970 - Grass Roots - Baby Hold On - 35
    1973 - America - Don’t Cross River - 35
    1975 - Helen Reddy - Bluebird - 35
    1977 - Carpenters - All You Can Get From Love – 35

    1968 - Glen Campbell - I Want To Live - 36
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Let It Be Me - 36
    1969 - Cass Elliott - Make Your Own Kind Of Music – 36

    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Together Let’s Find Love – 37

    1974 - Art Garfunkel - I Shall Sing - 38
    1975 - Johnny Rivers - Blue Suede Shoes – 38

    1967 - Boyce & Hart - Out And About - 39
    1968 - Association - Time For Lovin’ - 39
    1968 - Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind - 39
    1972 - Grass Roots – The Runaway - 39
    1973 - Partridge Family - Look Through The Eyes Of Love – 39

    1966 - The Turtles - You Baby - 40
     
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I would note that Joe plays mostly a J bass rather than a P bass.
     
  6. Joe started with a P then for the Rick Nelson Australian tour Fender gave him a new J. He used that for his career. Lakland made two J signatures in his name.
     
  7. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...with the neck pickup solo'd(?).
     
  8. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    What a great player. One of my all time favorites

    One thing's for sure. You could listen to the bass and always tell if it was Joe: He had that unique tone
     
  9. Joe is a great guy and friend…hopefully you guys get a chance to listen to the interviews and if you enjoy them, leave a little feedback on iTunes as well! Every little bit helps ;)
     
  10. a very young joe osborn backing johnny rivers on tv show midnight special doing the song midnight special:
     
  11. Though not mentioned in the interview it`s common knowlege that Joe played guitar along with james Burton on the original recording of Suzie Q by Dale Hawkins.
     
  12. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac

    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    I ran a search with that photo, and it appears to date back to late 2012. The bass looks interesting. It looks like a black '62 reissue, but with a maple neck/maple fingerboard.
     
  13. ShoeManiac

    ShoeManiac

    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    Well, it's a Fender artist profile. But the gear info at the bottom of that rather amazing discography shows that his bass could very well be an American Standard Jazz. And the photo would lead one to believe that he changed the pickguard, put on a neck pickup cover and changed the controls to a stacked knobs layout.
     
  14. I think you just might be correct in that assumption. I had taken it to be a nre signature model but as you pointed out it may well be a custom shop creation.
    I had probably read a little too much into the following statement from that profile page:

    "In the meantime, James Pennebaker (artist relations with Fender) contacted Joe and said, “We want to build a bass especially for you – to your specifications.” Joe admits he doesn’t know much about specifications – but what he really wanted was the original bass that he played for all those years. The only differences Joe asked for were a maple neck and black finish. The bass is beautiful –the neck feels incredibly smooth (even with heavy gauge, hi-tension strings) and the tone is wonderful".
    Thanks for pointing that out & correcting my error. Take care. Bob
     
  15. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I interviewed Joe for Vintage Guitar Magazine 15 years ago. He never played a P bass. He went from a Telecaster guitar to a Jazz Bass.
    I spent months back then putting this list together

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Travelin’ Man - 1
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring - 1
    1965 - Barry Maguire - Eve Of Destruction - 1
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Monday Monday - 1
    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town - 1
    1967 - Association - Windy - 1
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues - 1
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Dizzy - 1
    1970 - Carpenters - Close To You - 1
    1970 - Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rose - 1
    1970 - Partridge Family - I Think I Love You - 1
    1970 - Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1
    1972 - Helen Reddy - I Am Woman - 1
    1973 - Carpenters - Top Of The World - 1
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn – 1
    1974 - Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman – 1

    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Memphis - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Count Me In - 2
    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Save Your Heart For Me - 2
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Dedicated To The One I Love - 2
    1968 - Association - Never My Love - 2
    1968 - Richard Harris - Macarthur Park - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - Superstar - 2
    1970 - Carpenters - We’ve Only Just Begun - 2
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - One Less Bell To Answer - 2
    1971 - Carpenters - Rainy Days And Mondays - 2
    1972 - Carpenters - Hurting Each Other - 2
    1973 - Carpenters - Yesterday Once More - 2
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - I’d Really Love To See You Tonight – 2

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man - 3
    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Lovin’ - 3
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Stone Soul Picnic - 3
    1968 - Monkees - Valleri - 3
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - Little Women - 3
    1971 - Carpenters - For All We Know - 3
    1973 - Carpenters - Sing - 3
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Leave Me Alone – 3

    1965 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Everybody Loves A Clown - 4
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin’ - 4
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - San Francisco - 4
    1974 - America - Tin Man - 4
    1975 - Carpenters - Only Yesterday – 4

    1962 - Rick Nelson - Teenage Idol - 5
    1962 - Rick Nelson – Young World - 5
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Words Of Love - 5
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Creeque Alley - 5
    1968 - Grass Roots - Midnight Confession - 5
    1968 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In - 5
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Julie - Do You Love Me - 5
    1974 - Neil Diamond - Longfellow Serenade - 5
    1975 - America - Lonely People - 5
    1977 – Kenny Rogers - Lucille – 5

    1962 - Rick Nelson - It’s Up To You - 6
    1964 - Rick Nelson – For You - 6
    1966 - Mamas & Papas - I Saw Her Again - 6
    1966 - Tommy Roe - Hurray For Hazel - 6
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Ruby - 6
    1969 - Neil Diamond - Holly Holy - 6
    1970 - Barbra Streisand - Stoney End - 6
    1972 - Johnny Rivers - Rockin’ Pneumonia - 6
    1971 - Partridge Family - Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted – 6

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Seventh Son - 7
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Up Up And Away - 7
    1969 - Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer - 7
    1971 - Tommy Roe - Stagger Lee - 7
    1972 - Carpenters - Goodbye To Love – 7

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Green Grass - 8
    1968 - Boyce & Hart - I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonight - 8
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Jam Up - Jelly Tight - 8
    1972 - America - Ventura Highway - 8
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Didn’t Get To Sleep At All - 8
    1975 - Helen Reddy - No Way To Treat A Lady – 8

    1961 - Rick Nelson - Hello Mary Lou - 9
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Mountain Of Love - 9
    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Will Never Be The Same - 9
    1969 - Bobby Sherman - La La La - 9
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Easy Come Easy Go - 9
    1971 - Grass Roots - Sooner Or Later - 9
    1971 - Partridge Family - I’ll Meet You Halfway - 9
    1973 - Art Garfunkel - All I Know - 9
    1973 - B.W. Stevenson - My Maria - 9
    1974 - Helen Reddy - You And Me Against The World - 9
    1975 - Austin Roberts - Rocky - 9
    1978 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again - 9
    1982 - Sylvia - Nobody – 9

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Tracks Of My Tears - 10
    1968 - Association – Everything That Touches You - 10
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Arizona - 10
    1972 - Fifth Dimension - If I Could Reach You - 10
    1976 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Nights Are Forever – 10

    1961 - Rick Nelson - A Wonder Like You - 11
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Somethin’s Burnin’ - 11
    1974 - Carpenters - I Won’t Last A Day Without You - 11

    1963 - Rick Nelson - Fools Rush In - 12
    1964 - Johnny Rivers - Maybelle - 12
    1968 - Cass Elliott - Dream A Little Dream - 12
    1971 – Fifth Dimension - Never My Love - 12
    1972 - Carpenters - It’s Going To Take Some Time - 12
    1972 - Austin Roberts - Something’s Wrong With Me - 12
    1973 - Helen Reddy - Peaceful - 12
    1976 - Carpenters - There’s A Kind Of Hush – 12

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - My Heart Symphony - 13
    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Sweet Blindness - 13
    1971 - Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How To Love Him - 13
    1972 - Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning - 13

    1967 - Johnny Rivers - Summer Rain - 14

    1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Paint Me A Picture - 15
    1969 - Grass Roots - I’d Wait A Million Years - 15
    1971 - Grass Roots - Temptation Eyes - 15
    1974 - Helen Reddy - Keep On Singing – 15

    1961 - Rick Nelson – Ever Lovin’ - 16
    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Go Where You Wanna Go - L 6
    1971 - Grass Roots - Two Divided By Love - 16
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - Cry Like A Baby - 16
    1981 - Carpenters - Touch Me When We’re Dancin’ – 16

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You - 17
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tell It All Brother - 17
    1975 - Carpenters - Solitaire – 17

    1976 - Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You – 18

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Muddy Water - 19
    1968 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Sealed With A Kiss - 19
    1969 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - But You Know I Love You - 19
    1970 - Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back - 19
    1971 - Fifth Dimension - Love Lines Angels & Rhymes - 19
    1976 - Helen Reddy - Somewhere In The Night - 19
    1982 - Michael Murphy - What’s Forever For – 19

    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Midnight Special - 20
    1967 - Mamas & Papas – Twelve Thirty - 20
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - Workin’ On A Groovy Thing - 20
    1970 - Michael Parks - Long Lonesome Highway - 20
    1972 - Partridge Family - It’s One Of Those Nights - 20
    1977 - Olivia Newton John - Sam – 20

    1967 – Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Where Will Words Come From - 21
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Blowing Away - 21
    1977 – England Dan & John Ford Coley - It’s Sad To Belong – 21

    1975 - Helen Reddy - Emotion – 22

    1967 - Grass Roots - Things I Should Have Said - 23
    1967 - Tommy Roe - It’s Now Winter’s Day - 23
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Try A Little Kindness - 23
    1977 - England Dan & John Ford Coley - Gone Too Far - 23

    1966 - Mamas & Papas - Look Through My Window - 24
    1967 - Scott Mackenzie - Like An Old Time Movie - 24
    1969 - Grass Roots – Heaven Knows - 24
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Puppet Man - 24
    1970 - Bobby Sherman - Hey Mr. Sun – 24

    1963 - Rick Nelson - String Along - 25
    1969 - Fifth Dimension - California Soul - 25
    1970 - Mark Lindsay - Silver Bird – 25

    1976 - Carpenters - I Need To Be In Love - 26
    1964 - Rick Nelson - The Very Thought Of You - 26
    1965 - Johnny Rivers - Where Have All The Flowers Gone - 26
    1967 - Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - 26
    1967 - Mamas & Papas - Glad To Be Unhappy - 26
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Where’s The Playground Suzie - 26
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Reuben James - 26

    1968 - Boyce & Hart - Alice Long - 27
    1970 - Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream - 27
    1970 - Fifth Dimension - Save The Country – 27

    1966 - Grass Roots - Where Were You When I Needed You - 28
    1969 - Grass Roots - Bella Linda - 28
    1972 - Partridge Family - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – 28

    1968 - Fifth Dimension - Carpet Man - 29
    1969 - Tommy Roe - Heather Honey - 29
    1971 - Bobby Sherman - The Drum – 29

    1968 - Spanky & Our Gang - Sunday Morning - 30
    1969 - Cass Elliott - It’s Getting Better – 30

    1967 - Spanky & Our Gang – Makin’ Every Minute Count - 31
    1969 - Grass Roots - The River Is Wide - 31
    1971 - Glen Campbell - Dream Baby - 31
    1974 - Albert Hammond - I’m A Train – 31

    1970 - John Philips - Mississippi - 32
    1973 - Fifth Dimension – Living Together, Growing Together - 32
    1977 - Carpenters - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – 32

    1966 - Johnny Rivers - Under Your Spell Again - 33
    1970 - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Heed The Call - 33
    1976 - Olivia Newton John - Don’t Stop Believin’ – 33

    1967 - Fifth Dimension - Paper Cup - 34
    1972 - Grass Roots - Glory Bound - 34
    1973 - Neil Diamond - Be - 34
    1974 - Art Garfunkel - Second Avenue – 34

    1969 - Glen Campbell – True Grit - 35
    1970 - Grass Roots - Baby Hold On - 35
    1973 - America - Don’t Cross River - 35
    1975 - Helen Reddy - Bluebird - 35
    1977 - Carpenters - All You Can Get From Love – 35

    1968 - Glen Campbell - I Want To Live - 36
    1969 - Glen Campbell - Let It Be Me - 36
    1969 - Cass Elliott - Make Your Own Kind Of Music – 36

    1972 - Fifth Dimension - Together Let’s Find Love – 37

    1974 - Art Garfunkel - I Shall Sing - 38
    1975 - Johnny Rivers - Blue Suede Shoes – 38

    1967 - Boyce & Hart - Out And About - 39
    1968 - Association - Time For Lovin’ - 39
    1968 - Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind - 39
    1972 - Grass Roots – The Runaway - 39
    1973 - Partridge Family - Look Through The Eyes Of Love – 39

    1966 - The Turtles - You Baby - 40
     
  16. GM60466 I have seen it in print so many times ( and I think a video taped iterview on youtube) that joe claimed initial dissapointment in fender sending him a jazz & not a P as he had been using. here is an example from the above fender website.
    "In early 1961 Joe played his Fender Precision Bass on the biggest record of Ricky Nelson’s career! Travelin’ Man topped the charts at #1 - Hello, Mary Lou at #8. (In the same week). Because of that, plans for a world tour were being laid. Fender got in touch with Ricky’s manager and offered to supply the band (Joe and James Burton) with whatever equipment they needed. (Fender wanted their new stuff on that tour). So, Joe asked for a bass and amp. When the instruments were delivered, he had his first look at a Fender Jazz Bass. He had never heard of a Jazz Bass. So, naturally, he expected to see a Precision Bass. There was a moment of disappointment – but, after playing his new Jazz Bass, Joe noticed how the smaller neck fit perfectly in his hand. The tone was exactly what he had been hearing from his Precision Bass. "
    I think joe talked about using a P in the initial interview here. Something to the effect of backing Bob Luman & purchasing a precision from a local Las Vegas music store in 1958 & being a bass player the next day leaving all guitar playing to Roy Buchanan. Fender introduced the j in 1960. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_jazz_bass
    What did he play from 58 until the introduction of the J? Correct me if I`m wrong. I really don`t care one way or the other but just want to know what is accurate & historicly correct. Take care. Bob
     
  17. tnc5351

    tnc5351

    Oct 30, 2013
    Hi George, this is a few days late, but yes, Joe did use his P on Travelin' Man. I first read of it in the famous '92 Bass Player interview. Later Dan L. mentioned it during the Australian podcast he and Joe did. And last but not least, Joe himself talked of using the P in an interview on no treble.com: http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2012/07/19/stories-behind-the-songs-joe-osborn/
    Cheers and I hope you're doing well. I enjoy your writing.
     

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