Invoice Pitman, guitarist for Los Angeles’ legendary “Wrecking Crew” ensemble of session gamers, has died. Janet Pitman, his spouse, instructed the New York Occasions that he died at house underneath hospice care, a number of weeks after breaking his backbone in a fall. He was 102 years outdated.
As a session participant in California, Pitman helped form the sound of standard music within the mid-Twentieth century. His in depth résumé embody recording on the Ronettes’ “Be My Child” and the Seaside Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” He additionally performed the ukulele intro on BJ Thomas’ “Raindrops Hold Fallin’ On My Head,” which turned a success by the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child.
Pitman received his begin in music from his childhood in New York Metropolis, taking after his father, a employees bassist for NBC Radio. Although Pitman had made a reputation for himself as a younger jazz musician in his house metropolis, after serving in World Battle II, he relocated to Los Angeles. In 1951, he efficiently auditioned for a spot in Peggy Lee’s band, his first main step towards a everlasting place in music historical past.
Pitman started working as a session artist in 1957, and he shortly turned an in-demand session participant for Capitol Information and different Los Angeles-based artists. He picked up credit on information by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, and Herb Alpert. His session colleagues on the time included Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye, and Leon Russell. In 2008, Pitman appeared within the documentary The Wrecking Crew, the place he mentioned his work with the casual and expansive group of musicians.
Past his credit on radio hits, Pitman contributed to quite a few promoting jingles and movie soundtracks, equivalent to Quick Occasions at Ridgemont Excessive and Goodfellas. He additionally toured all through Seventies with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Vicki Carr earlier than spending a stint in Las Vegas within the MGM Grand Lodge’s headlining band. After retiring in 1989, he continued to play music privately as a interest, residing in California by the top of his life.