Spooner Oldham

Dewey Lindon " Spooner " Oldham ( born June 14, 1943 in Center Star, Alabama) is an American songwriter and studio musician ( piano, organ, keyboards). He wrote a number of successful hits and accompanied many well-known rock musicians. 2009 Oldham was recorded as a sideman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


During his school years played Oldham piano in various bands. His studies he broke off to make music in the FAME Studios. As a member of the studio band he oversaw included Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin.

In 1967 he went to Memphis, Tennessee, where he began to work for the American Sound Studio. With Dan Penn wrote such well-known hits such as " Cry Like a Baby" ( The Box Tops ), "I'm Your Puppet" ( James and Bobby Purify ), "A Woman Left Lonely " and "It Tears Me Up" ( Percy Sledge ).

Then he moved to Los Angeles Oldham. Here he worked in the studio with, among others, Arthur Alexander, Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, The Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, JJ Cale and Frank Black.

Frequently Oldham worked with Neil Young, for example, in the recording of the album Harvest Moon (1992). You can see in Oldham Young's concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold. In 2006 he accompanied Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their "Freedom of Speech " tour.

On April 4, 2009 Oldham was recorded as " sideman " in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2011 accompanied Oldham Pegi Young on a tour of California.