As you probably know, Spooner has played piano and organ on most of Kate’s albums. The two of them even recorded an album (For the Living of These Days) together at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.
Listen to “If I Ever Get to Heaven”
Listen to “There Is A Balm in Gilead”
Listen to “Be Thou My Vision”
Listen to “Faces in the Water”
Listen to “Sorrowfree”
At FAME Studios, Spooner played on such hit R&B songs 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, Spooner teamed with Dan Penn to write such hits as “Cry Like a Baby” (The Box Tops), “I’m Your Puppet” (James and Bobby Purify), “A Woman Left Lonely” and “It Tears Me Up” (Percy Sledge).
Spooner later moved to Los Angeles and has continued to be a sought-after backing musician, recording and performing with such artists as Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, and many others!
Frequently a backing musician for Neil Young, Spooner played on Young’s critically acclaimed 1992 album Harvest Moon, which was the follow-up to Young’s 1972 album Harvest released 20 years previous. Oldham also appeared in the concert film, Neil Young: Heart of Gold and backed up Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 “Freedom of Speech” tour.
Spooner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 as a sideman. In 2014, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Date: Friday, April 25th
Venue: Moonlight on the Mountain
Address: 585 Shades Crest Road
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