Steve Douglas (saxophonist)

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Steve Douglas
Birth name Steven Douglas Kreisman
Born (1938-09-24)September 24, 1938
Los Angeles, California
Died April 19, 1993(1993-04-19) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Saxophone, flute, clarinet
Associated acts

Steve Douglas (born Steven Douglas Kreisman; September 24, 1938 – April 19, 1993) was an American saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist. As a Los Angeles session musician, he worked with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and The Beach Boys.

Biography[edit]

Douglas can be heard on records by Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, The Ramones and many others. He was also a record producer, having produced Mink DeVille's Le Chat Bleu.

On April 19, 1993, while warming up for a recording session with Ry Cooder, Douglas collapsed and died at the age of 54. The official cause of death was heart failure.[1]

Each year Darlene Love performs "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for Christmas on the Late Show with David Letterman with Douglas's sax from the original recording being played by Bruce Kapler.[2]

Awards[edit]

In 2003, Douglas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Twist with Steve Douglas and the Rebels, 1962
  • Hot Sax, 1990

As sideman[edit]

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