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Tommy Cogbill
Birth name Thomas Clark Cogbill
Born (1932-04-08)April 8, 1932
Johnson Grove, Tennessee United States
Died December 7, 1982(1982-12-07) (aged 50)
Nashville, Tennessee United States
Genres Jazz, contemporary music, R&B, funk
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar

Thomas Clark Cogbill, (b. April 8, 1932 – December 7, 1982) was an American bassist, guitarist and record producer.

Tommy Cogbill was born in Johnson Grove, Tennessee. He was a highly sought-after session and studio musician who appeared on many now-classic recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, especially those recorded in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals. He has been credited as an influence by bass guitarists, including Jaco Pastorius. In the later 1960s and early 1970s, Cogbill worked extensively at Memphis's American Sound Studio as a producer and as part of the studio's house rhythm section, known as The Memphis Boys.[1]

One of the best known recordings featuring his bassline was Dusty Springfield's 1969 hit "Son of a Preacher Man", produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd.[2] Other major artists he recorded with include Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Kris Kristofferson, J. J. Cale, Wilson Pickett (including the bassline on "Funky Broadway"), Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, Bob Seger, and Neil Diamond.[3]

Cogbill died on December 7, 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee.



  1. ^ Jones, Roben, Memphis Boys, The University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2010
  2. ^ "Dusty Springfield's 'Son of a Preacher Man', Chris Jisi". Bassplayer.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tommy Cogbill". AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 

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Aretha Franklin - Sweet Sweet Baby Since You've Been Gone (1968)

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3 news items

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:47:36 -0700

With Moman guiding them, the American house band, later known as the Memphis Boys — guitarist Reggie Young, drummer Gene Chrisman, pianist Bobby Wood, organist Bobby Emmons and bassists Mike Leech and Tommy Cogbill — would provide the ...

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:27:37 -0700

99 on the "100 Best Songs"), with help from the esteemed rhythm section of Gene Chrisman and Tommy Cogbill. -- Mark Richens. “The Queen of Memphis" - Confederate Railroad (1992): A strong candidate for worst music video of all-time, but an underrated, ...
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:56:13 -0700

... wooed members of the staff bands at Hi Records and Phillips to form the classic American Studios group: guitarist Reggie Young, drummer Gene Chrisman, pianist Bobby Wood, organist Bobby Emmons and bassists Mike Leech and Tommy Cogbill.

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