Barney Kessel

Knowledge Identifier: +Barney_Kessel


Barney Kessel

American jazz guitarist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USAadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1923.

Countries: United States (73%), United Kingdom (13%), Canada (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Guitar, Mitch Miller, Lester Young

Linked to: The Beach Boys, Columbia Records, Playboy, Guild Guitar Company




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Barney Kessel was born in 1923 add something


In 1944 he participated in the film Jammin' the Blues, which featured Lester Young, and in 1947 he recorded with Charlie Parker's New Stars on the Relaxin' at Camarillo session for Dial Records. add something


Kessel was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown for a year, leaving in 1953. add something


Cry Me a River - The song was offered to Peggy King, but Columbia Records A&R chief Mitch Miller objected to the word "plebian" in the lyric and its first release was by actress/singer Julie London on Liberty Records in 1955, backed by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass


A "first call" guitarist at Columbia Pictures, during the 1960s Kessel became one of the most in-demand session guitarists in America, and is considered a key member of the group of first-call session musicians now usually known as The Wrecking Crew. add something


Tony Iommi - A rare left-handed version of the jazz guitarist Barney Kessel artist model, built sometime in the first half of the 1960s


In 1961 The Gibson Guitar Corporation introduced The Barney Kessel model guitar onto the market and continued to make them until 1973. add something


On Pete Townshend's 1983 album Scoop, Townshend paid homage to the guitarist with the instrumental song "To Barney Kessel". add something


He had been in poor health after suffering a stroke in 1992. add something


Billy Bauer - Near the end of his career, Bauer appeared at the 1997 JVC Tributes for Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow


Barney Kessel died in 2004 add something


In 2014, the Kay Guitar Company, working closely with the Kessel widow Phillis, secured the licensing rights from the Kessel estate to reissue these 3 guitars add something