Knowledge Identifier: +Barney_Kessel
Category: Music (655)
Born in 1923.
Countries: United States (73%), United Kingdom (13%), Canada (7%)
Linked to: The Beach Boys, Columbia Records, Playboy, Guild Guitar Company
Kessel was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown for a year, leaving in 1953.
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.
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.
On Pete Townshend's 1983 album Scoop, Townshend paid homage to the guitarist with the instrumental song "To Barney Kessel".
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