Waddy Wachtel
American record producer
Waddy Wachtel
Robert "Waddy" Wachtel is an American musician, composer and record producer, most notable for his guitar work.
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Waddy Wachtel Reflects on Working With Warren Zevon, Keith Richards
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Waddy Wachtel may be the greatest session guitarist of all time with a resumé including classic work from the Everly Brothers Warren Zevon (he co-wrote "Werewolves of London") Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks Now Wachtel is stepping out of the shadows in the career-spanning documentary King of the Sidemen directed...
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Music News: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Collaborate on New Album Love Has Come For You
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Music News: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Collaborate on New Album Love Has Come For You Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 4:42 am, Sunday, January 20, 2013 First he was a "Wild and Crazy Guy." [...] she's released nine albums - some solo, some with New Bohemians, and some with the Gaddabouts. The album, produced by legend Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) features other notable players as well, including Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), and Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), not to mention the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded Rare Bird Alert and toured extensively.
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Stan Sheldon Talks About Working on Up in Smoke
Cheech And Chong Fan News - about 5 years
Stan Sheldon is currently playing bass on the Peter Frampton tour.  Frampton brought back the original band that played on his hit album, Comes Alive. However, many of you don't know that Stan played some of the music in Up in Smoke as part of a band which would later be called Ronin.  He went by the name Waddy Wachtel.
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR'; Making the Most Of the Very Least, And Other Lessons
NYTimes - over 5 years
''Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star'' is the tale of a small-town boy from Iowa, with a Prince Valiant haircut, a bad overbite and big dreams, who comes, like so many other small-town dreamers, to the San Fernando Valley to become a pornographic film star. There he meets a bunch of other performers who seem to be desperate for work and willing to
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Gold Dust Woman: A Q&A With Stevie Nicks - American Songwriter
Google News - over 5 years
(Both Buckingham and Fleetwood are on the album, along with guitarist Waddy Wachtel, with whom she'd also reportedly been linked at one time.) Sometime writing partner Mike Campbell also participated. In a wide-ranging conversation, Nicks discusses her
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Stevie Nicks pleases in return to Boston - Boston Music Spotlight
Google News - over 5 years
Still, the strongest of her new music was “Ghosts are Gone”, which Nicks introduced as “early 70s rock” and her band did not make a liar out of her, especially lead guitarist and musical director Waddy Wachtel with his scorching slide licks
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Stevie Nicks @ SPAC, 8/30/11 - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Nicks returned to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night, closing her two hour show with “Seventeen,” which found a drum solo preceding not only guitarist Waddy Wachtel's distinctive sixteenth note intro figure, but also a final costume
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Still following her 'Dreams' - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
It's like my musical director Waddy [Wachtel] says, “If you really listen to her songs, she really just writes one long song.'' It's true, I do. The fact is that having somebody like Dave come in and give me thousands of chords to work with
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Concert review: Stevie Nicks delivers new songs and favorites - Cincinnati.com
Google News - over 5 years
But her outstanding seven-piece band, led by ace side man and session guitarist Waddy Wachtel, played with a command and an ease that contributed to the Mac vibe. The ensemble was rounded out by backup vocalists Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks,
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Saturday Night: Stevie Nicks At The Woodlands - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Truthfully, Nicks - blonde, beskirted and bewitching as ever at 63 - needed no other talisman than Waddy Wachtel, longtime LA session guru and Keith Richards' onetime co-pirate in the X-Pensive Winos. The white-haired guitar warlock on Nicks' sinister
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Stevie Nicks entertains at Pavilion Saturday - Your Houston News
Google News - over 5 years
The new album also contains contributions by frequent collaborator Mike Campbell, along with Buckingham, Waddy Wachtel, Fleetwood and other players she's worked with in the past. Except for drum overdubs, they recorded the entire album in her home,
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Manolo García prepara un disco y un libro, 'El fruto de la rama más alta' - La Vanguardia
Google News - over 5 years
Según ha informado Sony Music, el compositor y cantante catalán se ha rodeado para estas labores del guitarrista Waddy Wachtel, el bajista Leland Sklar o el batería Kenny Aronoff, músicos veteranos que han tocado con gente como Bob Dylan,
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Listen To Me: Buddy Holly: New Tribute CD Out Sept. 6th - Altsounds.com
Google News - over 5 years
Asher will serve as the evening's musical supervisor, with the performers backed by a stellar house band led by renowned session guitarist, Waddy Wachtel. The concert event will be shot live in HD for broadcast starting with PBS' December 2011 pledge
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CD: Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams - The Arts Desk
Google News - over 5 years
The disc is crammed with a phone-book's worth of LA session veterans, from Steve Ferrone to Waddy Wachtel, and there are appearances by Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell plays an assortment of instruments and
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Michael Grimm Produced by Don Was at Ocean Way - Broadcast Newsroom
Google News - over 5 years
Joining Grimm and producer Don Was at Ocean Way were Greg Leisz, steel guitar; Kevin Hunter, guitar; Scott Moore, assistant engineer; Ian McLagan, keyboards; Bill Medley, guest vocalist; Howard Willing, recording engineer; Waddy Wachtel, guitar;
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Music Review: Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Also on hand are Waddy Wachtel, Steve Ferrone, Mike Campbell, Mike Rowe, and Michael Bradford, plus the usual guest star appearances. Nicks seems to have been very involved, as she wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks. The album lacks cohesiveness,
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Andrew Gold and the '70s Sound - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
When I hear Gold's name, I hear the names of dozens of studio musicians from that time: Waddy Wachtel, Dan Dugmore, Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman and on and on. Above all, I hear Linda Ronstadt, who broke through big with “Heart Like a Wheel,” the first
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"Thank You For Being a Friend" singer-songwriter Andrew Gold dies at 59 - Straight.com
Google News - over 5 years
The video for "Lonely Boy" that appears above was taken from the seventies concert series Midnight Special, and features a solo by famed LA guitarist and producer Waddy Wachtel. He was in town six weeks ago, playing with Rod Stewart at the latter's
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Waddy Wachtel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 66
    In September 2014 the Gibson Custom Shop chose the 1960 Les Paul Waddy Wachtel guitar for their new Collector's Choice series.
    More Details Hide Details Wachtel has performed regularly at the Los Angeles venue The Joint since 2000. The band includes, Phil Jones, Rick Rosas, and Jamie Savko, with regular guests Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin and Keith Allison.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    Wachtel appeared on the 2010 Grammy Award television show backing Taylor Swift's live presentation.
    More Details Hide Details In Swift's duet with Nicks on the song "Rhiannon", Wachtel was featured on lead guitar.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 43
    He also played in the Oscar's awarded short film Session Man in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Wachtel has composed and played instruments for film scores including Joe Dirt, Up in Smoke, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, The Longest Yard, The Benchwarmers, Grandma's Boy, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness, The House Bunny, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He has also composed, produced, or performed in songs with Warren Zevon, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and others.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 32
    He said in a 1980 interview that the newest made guitar he owned was a 1964 Fender Stratocaster.
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    In 1980, he wrote, recorded and sang lead vocals on an album for producer Peter Asher with members of Linda Ronstadt's band, including musicians Don Grolnick, Dan Dugmore, and Rick Marotta.
    More Details Hide Details Both the group and the album were titled Ronin. Released on the Mercury label, the record never charted. He has appeared on hundreds of albums over the years. Other artists and bands he has worked with include The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne, Kim Carnes, Rosanne Cash, The Church, Bob Dylan, Silver Condor, Gilby Clarke, Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Ferry, Bernard Fowler, Andrew Gold, Don Henley, Carole King, Miranda Lambert, The Motels, John Mayer, Maria Muldaur, Randy Newman, Steve Perry, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Adam Sandler, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, and Tom Waits. Production credits include albums by Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, Bryan Ferry, The Church, Sand Rubies, George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Warren Zevon. Wachtel co-wrote several songs with Zevon including "Werewolves of London". He also co-wrote the Warren Zevon song "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead" from the album Mr. Bad Example. He performed and co-produced the first two Zevon albums.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 27
    Later, when Nicks and Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac, he played rhythm guitar on their 1975 album Fleetwood Mac on the track "Sugar Daddy".
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  • 1973
    Age 25
    By 1973, he played with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks on their first album Buckingham Nicks (credited as 'Waddy', no surname), and on tour.
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    In 1972, he was hired by Warren Zevon to play guitar on The Everly Brothers Stories We Could Tell album and join them in a subsequent tour.
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    In 1972, he had a cameo appearance in the film The Poseidon Adventure with the actual band on stage in the dining room when the ship capsizes.
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  • 1968
    Age 20
    At the suggestion of Bud Cowsill (of The Cowsills), he brought Twice Nicely to Los Angeles in 1968 where they recorded a few demos, but after two years, Wachtel decided to work as a session player, recording with The Cowsills and produce their albums.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Wachtel was born May 24, 1947, in Jackson Heights, Queens, in the New York City Borough of Queens.
    More Details Hide Details At about age 9–10, Wachtel began to learn to play the guitar, taking lessons with teacher Gene Dell (who insisted that he learn to play right-handed despite being naturally left-handed) until about age 14. At that age, he says, he began writing songs. Wachtel also studied with Rudolph Schramm, who was the head of the NBC staff orchestra and went on to teach music at Carnegie Hall. Schramm tried to get Wachtel to take piano lessons, but Wachtel was intent on playing guitar so Schramm agreed to give him guitar lessons three times a week about rhythm, melody and harmony. After performing with local bands in the New York area, Wachtel formed his own band, The Orphans, who played in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Eventually the band settled into a regular bar band routine, playing in Newport, Rhode Island, where Wachtel took lessons from Sal Salvador. When the Orphans disbanded, he formed another band, Twice Nicely.
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