Invoice Pitman, a famend guitarist and member of iconic collective The Wrecking Crew, has died on the age of 102.
As reported by The New York Occasions, Pitman died on Thursday August 11 at his dwelling in La Quinta, California. No reason behind dying has been revealed, nevertheless the guitarist and bassist reportedly spent the final month of his life recovering from an accident that left him with a fractured backbone.
Born on February 12, 1920, Pitman was raised in a musical family, as his father labored as a employees bassist for programming at NBC. His journey with music started at age 5 and thru highschool, making common treks from New Jersey to Manhattan as an admirer of the native jazz scene. He started taking part in in jazz golf equipment round LA in 1951 (at age 31) and his profession catapulted after scoring a daily gig in Peggy Lee‘s backing band.
He went on to carry out commonly for The Rusty Draper Present, a radio gig that he caught with for 3 years earlier than being poached for session work by artists like Al Hendrickson, Howard Roberts, Buddy Wealthy and Crimson Callender. His intro to rock’n’roll got here on the hand of Phil Spector, who, after an opportunity assembly with Pitman, recruited him into his cohort of big-name session gamers.
Although unnamed on the time, this cohort – which featured a fluctuating roster of members all based mostly in LA – would go on to be dubbed by member Hal Blaine as The Wrecking Crew. Their first hit was Spector’s 1958 single ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’, which led to Pitman being invited to all of Spector’s future recording periods.
As a member of The Wrecking Crew, Pitman carried out on albums by the likes of The Byrds, Nancy Sinatra, James Brown, The Monkees and lots of others.
A few of his most revered contributions embrace work on The Seaside Boys‘ ‘Good Vibrations’, Bob Dylan‘s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, The Ronettes‘ ‘Be My Child’, Frank Sinatra‘s ‘Strangers In The Night time’ and Barbra Streisand‘s ‘The Approach We Had been’.
Pitman’s most recognisable work is alleged to be the acoustic guitar taking part in on ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, the opening monitor to The Seaside Boys’ 1966 album ‘Pet Sounds’. Together with his fellow Californians, Pitman additionally carried out on ‘The Seaside Boys At present!’ and ‘Summer season Days (And Summer season Nights!!)’, each launched in 1965.
Elsewhere, Pitman labored on a litany of movie and TV soundtracks. His earliest contribution to cinema may be heard in Elvis Presley‘s 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, whereas later accomplishments embrace scores for M*A*S*H (1970), Quick Occasions At Ridgemont Excessive (1982), Soiled Dancing (1987) and Goodfellas (1990).
The Wrecking Crew’s success was celebrated within the 2008 documentary The Wrecking Crew! – this was directed by Denny Tedesco, son of fellow Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco.
On the official Fb web page for the movie, Tedsco shared a tribute to Pitman. “He was my dad’s buddy who performed guitar and golf with him,” he wrote. “It wasn’t till I received older did I perceive the influence that he made. Invoice could possibly be heard from ‘Mr. Tamborine Man’ to ‘Good Vibrations’… He was an incredible man.”
The tribute was shared alongside a five-minute interview with Pitman that featured in The Wrecking Crew!, filmed when he was 82 years previous – watch it beneath:
Passing of Legendary Wrecking Crew member, Invoice Pitman
We have misplaced one other buddy of ours final night time. Invoice Pitman has handed away. He was 102. Born on February 12, 1920Growing up, as a bit child, I at all times knew who Invoice Pitman was. He was my dad’s buddy who performed guitar and golf with him. It wasn’t till I received older did I perceive the influence that he made. Invoice could possibly be heard from Mr. Tamborine Man to Good Vibrations. A whole bunch and tons of of Movie and tv. He turned the primary name with the Danelectro guitar for a few years. The interview I did with Invoice for the WC Film, he was 82 years younger. He was an incredible man. Finest to his spouse Jan and his youngsters. Jr. Salt, we’ll miss you. Say howdy to Sr.
Posted by The Wrecking Crew on Friday, August 12, 2022
Pitman is survived by his spouse Jan and their youngsters.
Further reporting by Ellie Robinson.