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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
Occupation(s) 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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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:59:05 -0700

Diamond overdubbed the track in California. Drummer Gene Chrisman said: "Neil didn't even want to cut Caroline." Tommy Cogbill, the bass player who was also part of the studio's house rhythm section, was even more adamant: "Neil didn't like the song at ...

Nashville Scene

Nashville Scene
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:23:48 -0800

Working with guitarist, songwriter and producer Chips Moman at Moman's American Studios, Emmons was part of that studio's famed rhythm section — a group that included guitarist Reggie Young, bassists Tommy Cogbill and Mike Leech, pianist Bobby ...

The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle
Wed, 06 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

(Producer) Jerry Wexler first sent me first to Memphis to record with Tommy Cogbill. That didn't work out too good so he said, 'I'm going to send you to Muscle Shoals (Ala.) to work with a guy named Marlon Greene. “Jimmy Johnson and Eddie Hinton were ...


Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:53:17 -0800

That celebrated group also featured guitarist Reggie Young, drummer Gene Chrisman, pianist Bobby Wood, and bassists Mike Leech and Tommy Cogbill. Among the iconic recordings on which Emmons and his fellow players appeared were "Suspicious ...
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:26:42 -0800

... of heavy hitters: cutting edge jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and Sonny Sharrock, Roy Ayers on conga, and the famous Memphis Rhythm Section of organist Bobby Emmons, pianist Bobby Wood, drummer Gene Chrisman and bass player Tommy Cogbill.

Times Daily

Times Daily
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:10:24 -0800

Hood said he could think of 10 other bassists, people such as Tommy Cogbill, Norbert Putnam, Junior Lowe, Jerry Masters and Bob Wray, who also worked in Shoals recording studios and contributed to the area's storied legacy. "I hope this will represent ...

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:52:22 -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 ...
Press-Register - al.com
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:27:56 -0700

The bass player was a man named Tommy Cogbill from Memphis. He was actually a jazz guitarist who doubled on bass and he played on that and some of the early Aretha records before I got a chance to play bass with her. That session was the one where ...

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