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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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Times Daily

Times Daily
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:03:45 -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 ...
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 ...

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.
Nashville Scene
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Bassist Tommy Cogbill anchored a band committed to complementing Franklin's vocals and piano. Like such other soul statements as Otis Redding's Dictionary of Soul and James Brown's Sex Machine, Franklin's best-known album is a universe unto itself ...
Oxford American
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:29:44 -0800

As Natalie recalls, the backing band was composed of legendary session players from Stax and Hi—the Memphis Horns, Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson, along with Tommy Cogbill on bass and Willie Hall on drums. Hayes sat next to Charlie at the piano ...
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:00:39 -0700

In addition to a mix of members of Elvis' touring band (guitarist James Burton, drummer Ronnie Tutt) and a few former American Studios players (guitarist Reggie Young, bassist Tommy Cogbill), several Stax musicians, including MG's bassist Duck Dunn, ...

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