Monday, January 26, 2009

Spooner Oldham, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature famed sideman Spooner Oldham.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at

Linden "Spooner" Oldham is synonymous with Southern soul. Oldham is a keyboard player, songwriter, and session musician long associated with the Memphis & Muscle Shoals sounds. He's featured on such hits as “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett and “I Never Loved a Man” by Aretha Franklin.

As a songwriter he's had songs recorded by Aretha Franklin ("Do Right Woman"), Janis Joplin, Bobby Purify and many others. As a sideman, Oldham has recorded and performed with a countless number of artists including Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, The Everly Brothers and Neil Young, with whom he's played 27 years. Most recently he's also worked closely with Frank Black.

Learn more at Spooner's website:


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