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Jerry Scheff-Bass

Bass player Jerry Scheff is a native of San Francisco, and originally he got his start playing in jazz clubs in the Bay Area at the age of 15. Following a three-year stint as a musician in the U.S. Navy, Scheff joined jazz guitarist    Barney Kessel in Los Angeles. After achieving a successful debut as a jazz string bassist, he decided to seek out session work instead in the pop/rock world, in which there were ample opportunities for work in the Los Angeles of the early '60s. With his appearance on "Along Comes Mary," a hit by vocal group    the Association, the demand for Scheff's services increased considerably. In the following years, he worked for    the Everly Brothers,    Nancy Sinatra,    Johnny Rivers,    Neil Diamond,    Sammy Davis, Jr.,    Johnny Mathis, and    the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others. In 1971, Scheff recorded bass parts for    the Doors'     L.A. Woman, leading to his distinctly recognizable contribution to the hit record "Riders on the Storm."About this time, Scheff became a member of    Elvis Presley's touring band, and he can be seen performing in the documentary films  Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis on Tour (1972) and in the TV concert Aloha from Hawaii (1973). Though Scheff had been no fan of    Elvis prior to meeting "the King,"    Presley's artistry won him over in short order, and Scheff would continue to work with    Presley until his death. Afterward, Scheff worked with    Bob Dylan on the acclaimed album     Street Legal (1978) in addition to session work with    Johnny Cash and    Richard Thompson; in the '70s and '80s he toured with    Elvis Costello,    Sam Phillips, and    John Denver. Scheff also appeared with    Roy Orbison and friends on the TV concert A Black and White Night (1987). All of Scheff's three sons are musicians, with son    Jason Scheff holding down the bass guitar spot in the band    Chicago since 1985. Jerry Scheff lives in Scotland and continues to tour and record.

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