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Spooner Oldham


As a fundamental element of the Memphis/Muscle Shoals studio room rings from the later ’60s, organist Spooner Oldham made an absolute mark for the audio of spirit music. Starting being a piano participant in senior high school rings, when Oldham graduated and began monitoring at the University or college of North Alabama, he quickly discovered himself missing classes and only hanging out Rick Hall’s Popularity studios in close by Florence, Al. After adding the ghostly body organ audio on Percy Sledge’s runaway strike “Whenever a Guy Loves a female,” Oldham joined up with Rick Hall’s ace studio room music group alongside guitarist Jimmy Johnson, bassist Junior Lowe and drummer Roger Hawkins. Collectively the unit performed on landmark albums by Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin amongst others. Defecting to Memphis in 1967, Oldham teamed up with vocalist Dan Penn at Potato chips Moman’s American Studios, as well as the duo progressed into one of the better songwriting partnerships in music. Collectively the two published strikes for Aretha Franklin (“Perform Right Female”) as well as the Package Tops (“Cry Just like a Baby”) amongst others in addition to having their tunes appear as recording cuts on performers such as for example Janis Joplin (“A FEMALE Left Lonesome”). Following the trailblazing times of southern spirit came to a finish, Oldham required his considerable skills somewhere else, adding piano and body organ to such functions as Neil Small, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne as well as the Everly Brothers. He continues to be a respected physique among music aficionados not merely for his tasteful key pad playing, but also for his songwriting aswell.

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Full Name Spooner Oldham
Date Of Birth June 14, 1943
Profession Songwriter, Organist, Session musician, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Music Groups Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Drive-By Truckers
Music Songs A Woman Left Lonely, Sweet Inspiration, I'm Living Good, Julie Brown's Forest
Albums Moments From This Theatre, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, Pot Luck
Movies Muscle Shoals

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Christine 2016/I performer: "Life's Little Package of Puzzles" / writer: "Life's Little Package of Puzzles"
Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Love Child 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary performer: "Spooner's Melancholy" / writer: "Two in the Morning", "Spooner's Melancholy"
A Mulher Invisível 2009 writer: "A Woman Left Lonely"
Soul Men 2008 writer: "I'm Your Puppet" - as Lindon Oldham
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video writer: "Sweet Inspiration"
Fifty Pills 2006 "Pills & Booze"
Cheap 2005 writer: "I'm Your Puppet"
The Dummy 2000 Video writer: "I'm Your Puppet" - as Oldham
Meet the Parents 2000 writer: "I'm Your Puppet" - as Lindon Oldham
The Secret Life of Girls 1999 writer: "A Woman Left Lonely" - as Dewey Lindon Oldham
My Family 1995 writer: "I'm Your Puppet" - as Linden Oldham
Heaven & Earth 1993 writer: "Cry Like a Baby"
Rain Man 1988 writer: "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" 1973
The Color of Money 1986 writer: "Out Of Left Field" - as Carl Oldham
Rock Around the Dock 1986 TV Movie writer: "A Woman Left Lonely"
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments 1973 TV Special writer: "Sweet Inspiration"
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
CSNY/Déj 2008 Documentary musician: keyboards, CSNY Freedom of Speech Tour
The Hard Ride 1971 orchestrations



Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary



Undeniably Donnie 2015 Documentary short
Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary Himself
Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 Documentary Himself
Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan 2006 Video Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Songwriter
Red Rocks Live: Neil Young Friends & Relatives 2000 Video documentary Himself - Piano / organ / wurlitzer
Later... With Jools Holland 1999 TV Series Himself

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