Steve Douglas was the saxophonist everyone wanted to work with.
Douglas was a member of Spector’s legendary Wrecking Crew. He played with such icons as the Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers and the Beach Boys.
Paul Shaffer Inducts Steve DouglasPaul Shaffer Inducts Steve Douglas at the 2003 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Paul Shaffer Inducts Steve Douglas00:02:14
Steve Douglas' Family's Acceptance Speech00:02:08
Hall of Fame Essay
Although few fans knew Steve Douglas by name, the sound of his muscular, R&B inflected baritone and tenor sax playing was an essential ingredient of innumerable late-Fifties and early-Sixties hits, including the Ventures’ “Walk - Don’t Run,” Bob & Earl’s “Harlem Shuffle,” the Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel,” the Beach Boys’ “Shut Down” and Jan & Dean’s “The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena).”
In fact, virtually every sax solo on a rock record emanating from Los Angeles in the first half of the 1960s was played by Steve Douglas, and every subsequent saxophonist in rock history, from Denny Payton of the Dave Clark Five to Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, owes a significant debt to Douglas’s palpably intense approach to the instrument.
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