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Spooner Oldham Timeline


Dewey Lyndon “Spooner” Oldham is born in Center Star, Alabama.


Spooner Oldham writes his first hit, “Is a Blue Bird Blue,” which reaches #35 on the pop charts.


Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn write “Let’s Do It Over,” their first recorded songwriting collaboration. It becomes a #13 R&B hit for Joe Simon on the Vee-Jay label.


Spooner Oldham moves to Memphis to work at Chips Moman’s American Studios. He and guitarist Dan Penn cement a songwriting partnership that yields numerous rock, soul and R&B classics.


Spooner Oldham is enlisted to play keyboards on sessions for Neil Young’s Comes a Time album, inaugurating a lengthy relationship between Oldham and Young.


Bob Dylan’s Saved album, featuring Spooner Oldham on keyboards, is released. Oldham will be part of Dylan’s touring band in 1980 and 1981.


Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn perform onstage together in support of the latter’s Do Right Man album. Over the years the duo will periodically reunite for live performances.


Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn tour England with headliner Nick Lowe. A live album, Moments from This Theatre, is released. It is re-released in 2006 to coincide with another U.K. tour.


Spooner Oldham joins Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for their Freedom of Speech Tour and performs with Neil Young in the Heart of Gold concert film, shot at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.


Spooner Oldham tours with the Drive-By Truckers on their The Dirt Underneath Tour.


Spooner Oldham is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner. Paul Shaffer is his presenter.