Tall Cotton Studio/Nashville,TN.
He may not be a household name, but he is a household sound. Move your radio dial to any classic pop or rock station and turn up the volume. Chances are you're grooving to a Jim Horn solo. Good Vibrations, Rosanna, Little Jeannie, Turn Your Love Around and Goin Up the Country, are just a few giant hits of this extraordinary musician. To date, Horn has played on at least 120,000 albums. He has performed with the most popular artists the music industry has produced - George Harrison, Wynnona, Garth Brooks - and recorded for our most prestigious Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and the King himself: Elvis Presley. His credits read like a Who's Who of the music business, a career highlighted with names like Bowen and Spector, King Curtis and Duane Eddy, and John, Paul, Ringo, and George. Very few musicians can claim to have worked with each individual Beatle. Horn can. Duane Eddy, Horn's friend and mentor, has said of him "He just happens to be one of the best players in the world". George Harrison and Eric Clapton back him up.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Jim practiced to the hip sax solos of King Curtis, Plas Johnson, Hank Crawford, and Clifford Scott. The practicing paid off, and soon Jim was sitting in with bands in various L.A. nightclubs. Later, Jim jammed with legendary sax player King Curtis. It changed Horn's sound forever.
Horn was hired to work on an album with Duane Eddy (Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, 1994). From that day on, Horn's studio career was launched. Jim has always given Duane Eddy credit for his success.
In the mid-'60s, the exposure from working in the studios landed Horn in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recording sessions. That's Jim playing horns on The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' and Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High, both produced by the great Spector. These were some of Horn's favorite sessions to play on due to the spontaneous recording of the musicians, comparable to the old Sun Records sessions. As the '70s progressed, Horn recorded albums with Leon Russell, George Harrison, and Joe Cocker. He was invited by Cocker to play on the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, and followed up with Harrison's 1971 benefit concert for Bangladesh and 1974 Dark Horse tour. By the closing of this explosive musical decade, Elton John, Warren Zevon, John Denver and Steely Dan had added their names to Horn's roster.
Scores of musicians and music industry personalities fled the L.A. music scene in the early 1980s and flocked to the quiet, slower-paced rhythm of Nashville's Music Row. Horn followed suit after meeting his wife, Denise, at a Jimmy Bowen session. Later, he played sax on the hit tune Angel Of Harlem with the Irish super-band U2 at Memphis Sun Studios. Portions of the session were filmed for U2's musical documentary Rattle and Hum, so Jim can be seen playing his saxophone alongside the talented efforts of the four boys from Eire. He also produced two solo albums, Neon Nights and Work It Out for Warner Brothers. Though neither album fared as well as Jim would have hoped, Neon Nights held the #1 position on R & R's jazz charts for six weeks.
Horn continued to produce and perform into the next decade, sharing his talents with the soulful Delbert McClinton, touring with Japanese singer Kioshiro (1992), and crooning a superb soprano sax on I Can't Tell You Why, Vince Gill's cover of the Eagles classic.
Proving that country really is cool, Jim played sax on a number of top-selling country albums. Two giant artists were especially instrumental in this transition: Garth Brooks and Wynonna. Brooks invited Jim to play on his #1 album. In Pieces, which features Jim's critically acclaimed sax solo on One Night a Day. Horn also played on stage with Garth in Central Park, in front of a live audience of about 700,000 people, not to mention an HBO audience estimated at about 60 million.
Duane Eddy: "He just happens to be one of the best players in the world."
Jeff Lynne: "The best musician I've ever had the privilege to play with."
Eric Clapton: "A great horn player. A fantastic musician."
George Harrison: "A great player."
Ringo Starr: "He can blow anything he puts in his mouth."
Jim Horn's Artist Roster:
The Mamas and The Papas
Delaney & Bonnie
The Beach Boys
The Doobie Brothers
Bobby Blue Bland
The Fifth Dimension
The Rolling Stones
Hank Williams Jr.
Booker T. & The MG's
Seals & Crofts
The Traveling Wilburys
The Memphis Horns
The Uptown Horns
The Muscle Shoals Horns
The Neville Brothers
And Many More
THANKS to all of the musicians, singers and engineers for their love and hard work. THANKS to all of the artists and songwriters for creating these hit songs.
Special THANKS to Michael McDonald, Bekka Bramlett, Leon Russell, Dash Crofts and Dobie Gray for their great vocals.
Special THANKS to Randy Talmadge and Thom Flora for their creative minds and constant support.
Special THANKS to Charlie Montgomery and Jim Price at Tall Cotton Studios.
And a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to my wife Denise.....for her love and patience
Dedicated to my mother, Gerry, and my brother Richard
Michael McDonald appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Bekka Bramlett appears courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
(C) 1998 Jim Horn
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