Don Peake (Wrecking Crew guitarist)
So talented is Wrecking Crew guitarist Don Peake that Ray Charles “borrowed” him for the better part of a year in the mid-Sixties, making Peake the only white musician in Charles’ incomparable band at that time. Peake went on to add his impeccably tight rhythm playing (and occasional arranging) behind the scenes for a multitude of stars such as Bobby Darin, the Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, the Mamas & the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Jackson 5, and many others.
Don Peake will be appearing as Kent Hartman’s special guest at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood at 7PM on Friday, March 2, 2012. For more information: http://www.booksoup.com/index.asp
Bones Howe (Wrecking Crew producer)
Lyle Ritz (Wrecking Crew bassist)
Today considered to be the world’s premier jazz ukulele player, Lyle Ritz actually started his professional life in the early Sixties as one of the most important electric and string bass players in the Los Angeles-based Wrecking Crew. Producing giants like Herb Alpert, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson simply wouldn’t record without the services of the preternaturally gifted Ritz. Still ready to jam on his beloved ukulele, Lyle Ritz lives in semi-retirement in Portland, Oregon.
Top songs include: “A Taste of Honey” – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass; “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” – Righteous Brothers; “I Got You Babe” – Sonny & Cher; “Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys.
Lyle Ritz will be appearing as Kent Hartman’s special guest at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7PM. For more information: http://www.powells.com