Capitol Records Recording Session “Smokey Joe’s” (1965)

Here’s a photo from July 6, 1965 in Studio A at the Capitol Records Tower. I’m wearing an outfit that I designed and made, a 2-piece Pink Polka Dot bell bottom pants and top. Pictured, from extreme left: Al DeLory on organ; me; Tommy Tedesco, guitar; Billy Strange, guitar; Don Randi, keyboard; mystery man, bass. Anyone know who the mystery man is? **Thank you, Cliff Adams for recognizing the great Bill Pitman on bass.

This session included the following recordings: Smokey Joe’s (released 11/65), That’s The Boy (finally released as part of a compilation in 2009) and four other unreleased tracks, all produced by Steve Douglas. Arrangers for the session were Billy Strange and the legendary Jack Nitzsche

Capitol Records Recording Session with members of The Wrecking Crew 1965

Here’s the same outfit today:

Same Outfit Today


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3 Responses to Capitol Records Recording Session “Smokey Joe’s” (1965)

  1. Sixties Music Fan says:

    Oh Wow ! Donna !!

    Those are the coolest and grooviest bell-bottoms from the sixties. I know you are so proud that they still fit you so perfectly. Thanks for the update on the sixties Wrecking Crew. I have always admired those wonderfully talented musicians.
    I will be following them now on wikipedia:
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