Wrecking Crew Member and Shreveport Guy Joe Osborn Has Passed Away
Joe Osborn isn't a name that stands out to most people outside our local community and those 'in the know' in the music business. He never was heavily featured in a TV special or was pictured on an album cover, but when you start talking about a body of work, it's hard to dispute Joe Osborn's bonafides as a rock and roll legend.
According to several social media posts over the weekend, the legendary bass player and Louisiana Music Hall of Famer passed away this weekend at his home in Greenwood at the age of 81 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Osborn really started showing up on a lot of folks radars following the release of the 2008 documentary on the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians who crafted some of the biggest hits of the 60's and 70's. But even if you don't know his name, you know his music. He laid down the bass line for some of the biggest songs in the history of music.
According to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Osborn played on more than 400 top 40 country hits and more than 200 top 40 pop hits, 20 of which were No. 1 songs. Some of his career highlights include appearances on classics like Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," America's "Ventura Highway," the Carpenters' "Close to You," and the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You."
Osborn isn't just an amazing bass player, he's a local guy. Osborn was born in Mound, Louisiana, spent a lot of time in Shreveport, moved to LA to work and then moved back to Greenwood.
Osborn may be gone, but thanks to his body of work, he'll never be forgotten.