Lawrence William “Larry” Knechtel was a keyboard player and bassist, best known as a member of the Wrecking Crew, a collection of Los Angeles-based session musicians who worked with artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Mamas & the Papas, the Monkees, the Doors, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Presley, and as a member of Bread.
Larry became part of the Los Angeles session musician scene, working with Phil Spector as a pianist to help create his “Wall of Sound”. In 1970 Knechtel won a Grammy Award for his iconic and haunting piano work on “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
Larry was entered into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.
He died on August 20, 2009, in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Washington, at the age of 69 of a heart attack. He is buried at Maple Falls Cemetery in Maple Falls, Washington.
Notable Albums Larry Played on Include:
Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
The Doors – The Doors
Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
Sounds of Silence, Bookends, Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
The Mamas and the Papas – The Mamas and the Papas
Mighty Like A Rose – Elvis Costello
Paul Simon – Paul Simon
Dream A Little Dream – Cass Elliott
Harry – Harry Nilsson
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
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