Larry Knechtel Dies

Larry Knetchal 1940-2009

Kip Tyler- Will His Story Ever Be Told?

Studio keyboard player and bassist Larry Knetchal died of a heart attack last week. Knechtel was a member of LA’s session players loosely known as the Wrecking Crew as well as a former member of Duane Eddy’s Rebels and Kip Tyler and the Flips. He was born in Bell Garden, California in 1940. He also played on the Elvis ’68 Comback (Singer Special) TV Show, played organ on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, played bass on the first Doors and Byrds albums (that’s him on Mr. Tamborine Man). As the original members of the Flips die off (sax player Steve Douglas died in recent years)a great story is rapidly being lost to time, that is the story of Kip Tyler & the Flips. Still living members include Sandy Nelson, Jim Horn, Kip Tyler, Mike Bermani, Mike Deasy and Jimmy Troxel. Anyone out there got Kip’s phone #?

19 thoughts on “Larry Knechtel Dies”

  1. Man this cat was a MONSTER!! Correct me if I'm wrong but I think he was also the bass player in the Shindig house band (not the Shindogs) including Leon Russell,Russ Titleman,Jim Horn, Ritchie Frost and Jerry Cole . The Wrecking Crew has lost one of it's finest. RIP Mr. Knechtel

  2. Larry Knechtel jump-started his professional career with Duane Eddy. As member of The Rebels for four years on the road, and recording in the studio with Duane led to Larry's becoming an established member of the L.A. session scene.Jimmy Troxel passed away quite some time ago, as did Mike Bermani.

  3. “Larry Knechtel jump-started his professional career with Duane Eddy. As member of The Rebels for four years on the road, and recording in the studio with Duane led to Larry's becoming an established member of the L.A. session scene.Jimmy Troxel passed away quite some time ago, as did Mike Bermani.”All three passed through Kip Tyler & the Flips before joining the Rebels (which Eddy frequently raided for touring musicians). I mixed up Sandy Nelson and Mike Barmani in the original posting which I've since fixed.

  4. Larry Knechtel played bass with a lot of great people on Shindig. For example, he played behind Howlin' Wolf when Wolf was on Shindig with the Rolling Stones in 1965. Also in the band that night were James Burton on guitar, Billy Preston on piano, and Mickey Conway on drums. Except for Wolf, they were “play-synching,” having recorded their instrumental tracks the day before. Wolf was singing and playing harp live, though. You can see a clip of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIcIsVKmmRY

  5. Yeah, it's a great clip! You can tell the dancers and musicians were really getting off on Wolf. Look at Burton and Knechtel smiling behind Wolf; you can tell they were having a great time! Wolf rose to the occasion, doing his hula-hoop moves and his crazy dance and totally throwing himself into it. One of my favorite moments is when he starts to play harp, realizes his harp is upside down, calmly flips it over, and just wails out a fantastic solo. This is my favorite Howlin' Wolf clip, and I've seen them all (including some that aren't publicly available).

  6. “there is pretty much a full CD of material available on the Hydra label. “yeah, it's a bootleg that's been around for awhile, too bad it's missing his Imperial 45- Rock Around The Universe b/w Goblin Trot, that would have made it complete. Still, it's well worth buying, most of the stuff on there is pretty killer.

  7. In case you're interested, Mike Deasy became a 'born again' preacher, has led several ministries to Russia and India. He leads his own church in the Port arthur Texas area and until recently was still producing his own (and wife Kathie's) gospel tinged CDs.

  8. One of his last recording sessions was with Bellingham singer/songwriter Lesley Rostron. At least one of those songs, Losin', is now available at CD Baby. Larry's organ chops really add the shimmer to this pop gem.

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