Steve Douglas (saxophonist)

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Steven Douglas Kreisman (September 24, 1938 – April 19, 1993), better known as Steve Douglas, was an American saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist. Douglas is best known as a Los Angeles session musician, a member of The Wrecking Crew, who worked with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. He 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. In 2003 he was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category "Sidemen".[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]

Selective Solo[edit]

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

Selective discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  2. ^ A Letterman Christmas: It's the Most Wonderful Night of the Year

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