For this writer’s money Tommy Cogbill was the greatest bassist ever. Hey, it's just an opinion. Tommy made his bones laying down the bass on records like Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit cover of Otis Redding’s soul classic Respect, the recording of which took place at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Tommy produced even greater work at American Sound Studio in Memphis. Among the sides he cut there were Dusty Springfield’s Son Of A Preacher Man, Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis and two Elvis Presley classics: In The Ghetto and Kentucky Rain. Tommy died in 1982 but man, what a body of work he left behind.