Mike Deasy

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Mike Deasy
Mike Deasy in Pärnu, Estonia 1992
Mike Deasy in Pärnu, Estonia 1992
Background information
Birth nameMichael William Deasy
Born (1941-02-04) February 4, 1941 (age 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsGuitar, sitar, vocals
Years active1958–present
LabelsCapitol, Sparrow, Saltmine
Associated actsRitchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Phil Spector, Ricky Nelson, Everly Brothers, Dick Dale, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Ventures, Frank Sinatra, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Billy Joel, Sonny & Cher, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Cannonball Adderley
Websitewww.mikedeasy.com

Michael William Deasy (born February 4, 1941) is an American rock and jazz guitarist. As a session musician, he played on numerous hit singles and albums recorded in Los Angeles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He is sometimes credited as Mike Deasy Sr..

Biography[edit]

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he learned to play guitar as a child.[1] While still at high school, he played in bands backing visiting musicians such as Ricky Nelson and The Everly Brothers, and also played in Ritchie Valens' touring band with Bruce Johnston, Larry Knechtel, Sandy Nelson, and Jim Horn. After graduating in 1959, he joined Eddie Cochran's band, the Kelly Four, where he played both guitar and baritone sax and made his first recordings.[2][3][4] He also played with The Coasters and Duane Eddy.[1]

Following Cochran's death in 1960, he became an active session musician in Los Angeles.[5] Deasy married Jim Horn's sister Kathie in 1961, and the couple later set up their own recording studio and production company, Saltmine Recording. He worked as a member of "The Wrecking Crew", with Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel and others, on sessions for Phil Spector, and contributed guitar parts to The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds.[1][5] In the 1960s and later years he also worked on records by the Monkees, the Association, Scott McKenzie, Johnny Rivers, the Fifth Dimension, Rick Nelson, Randy Newman, Spanky & Our Gang, Tommy Roe, Fats Domino, The Byrds, Michael Jackson, Helen Reddy, Frank Zappa, and others.[1][2]

In 1967, he contributed to albums coordinated by record producer Curt Boettcher, including Friar Tuck and His Psychedelic Guitar, effectively a Deasy solo album with wordless vocals by Boettcher.[6] Under the pseudonym Lybuk Hyd, Deasy also played guitar and sitar on the psychedelic concept album Tanyet, credited to The Ceyleib People, which also featured Ry Cooder.[5] He played guitar (with Tommy Tedesco and Al Casey) on Elvis Presley's 1968 TV special, Elvis. He also performed live with musicians including Cannonball Adderley and Little Richard, and won the Down Beat magazine jazz music readers' poll in 1968.[3] In 1969, he was invited by record producer Terry Melcher to work with a newly discovered singer-songwriter, Charles Manson.[7] Deasy left Manson's home after three days, "in a state of drug-fueled paranoia".[5]

Deasy continued to record with leading musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Chet Baker, and Mel Tormé.[1] His guitar playing has appeared on the soundtrack of many films including The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Duel, Bullitt, and Dirty Harry, as well as on many commercials.[1][8]

From the early 1970s onwards after becoming a born again Christian at the 1969 Billy Graham crusade in Anaheim, California, Deasy became increasingly involved with Contemporary Christian music, producing and writing songs for several successful albums, often in conjunction with his wife. In later years, he has had a parallel career as a motivational speaker, and since 1988 has run a "Yes To Life" educational and inspirational program in schools and colleges in the US, Canada and Europe.[3] The Deasys also co-pastored Rock Church Southeast in Port Arthur, Texas, until it eventually shut its doors when Hurricane Harvey flooded the building.

Discography[edit]

  • Your Gang (Mercury, 1966)
  • Tanyet (Vault, 1967)
  • Friar Tuck and His Psychedelic Guitar (Mercury, 1967)
  • Gator Creek (Mercury, 1970)
  • Letters To My Head (Capitol, 1973)
  • Wings Of An Eagle (Sparrow, 1976)
  • Wings Of Praise (Saltmine, 1987)
  • Holy Smoke (Saltmine, 1991)
  • Tru Love (Saltmine, 1994)
  • Guitar Gold (Saltmine, 1995)
  • Signs and Wonders (Saltmine, 1999)
  • Paper Airplane (Saltmine, 2000)
  • Path of Peace Vol. 1 (Saltmine, 2003)
  • Path of Peace Vol. 2 (Saltmine, 2003)
  • Endtimes Weather Band (Saltmine, 2011)
  • Driftin' (Saltmine, 2013)
  • The Road Home Vol. 1 (Saltmine)
  • The Road Home Vol. 2 (Saltmine)

Partial credits as a sideman[edit]

Year Artist Album Title Allmusic [9]

Pro Rating

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User Rating

1960 Eddie Cochran "12 Of His Biggest Hits" 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1962 Aki Aleong and His Licorice Twisters "Twistin' The Hits" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1964 The Road Runners "The New Mustang and Other Hot Rod Hits" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1965 Gary Lewis & The Playboys "This Diamond Ring" 2/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1965 Dennis Budimir "The Creeper" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1965 Irene Kral "Wonderful Life" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1966 Petula Clark "My Love" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1966 Pete Candoli "Moscow Mule and Many More Kicks" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1966 Tommy Roe "Sweet Pea" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1966 The Deep Six "The Deep Six" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1966 Nancy Sinatra "Boots" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1966 The Monkees "The Monkees" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1966 Bobby Darin "If I Were a Carpenter" 2/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1966 The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" 5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1966 Ben Benay "The Big Blues Harmonica of Ben Benay" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1966 Your Gang "If You Want To Buy 'Em" 0/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1966 Jerry Goldsmith "Stagecoach O.S.T." 3.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1966 The Association "And Then... Along Comes the Association" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1966 Lalo Schifrin "Murderer's Row" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1967 Dean Martin "Happiness Is Dean Martin" 2.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Paul Revere & the Raiders "Revolution!" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Nilsson "Pandemonium Shadow Show" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Scott McKenzie "The Voice of Scott McKenzie" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Elvis Presley "Double Trouble" 1/5 stars 3/5 stars
1967 The Ventures "Super Psychedelics" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The First Edition "The First Edition" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 The Parade "The Parade" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The 5th Dimension "The Magic Garden" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The Association "Insight Out" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Gary Lewis & The Playboys "Listen!" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Jan and Dean "Carnival of Sound" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Tommy Roe "Phantasy" 2.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The Yellow Balloon "The Yellow Balloon" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 The Monkees "More of the Monkees" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The Robbs "The Robbs" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Harpers Bizarre "Feelin' Groovy" 4/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1967 Gale Garnett "Sings About Flying & Rainbows & Love & Other Groovy Things" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 The Cake "The Cake" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Sagittarius "Present Tense" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 The Ceyleib People "Tanyet" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 The Beach Boys "Smiley Smile" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Johnny Rivers "Rewind" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Lesley Gore "Magic Colors" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Bobby Darin "Inside Out" 2/5 stars 5/5 stars
1967 Tommy Roe "It's Now Winter's Day" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1967 Harpers Bizarre "Anything Goes" 2/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Rick Nelson "Another Side Of Rick" 2/5 stars 4/5 stars
1967 Dean Martin "Welcome to My World" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Honey Ltd. "Honey Ltd." 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Frank De Vol "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner O.S.T." 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1968 Spanky & Our Gang "Like to Get to Know You" 4/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1968 The Lettermen "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" 2/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 The Sugar Shoppe "The Sugar Shoppe" 0/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Richard Harris "A Tramp Shining" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Randy Newman "Randy Newman" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Elvis Presley "Elvis" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1968 The Millennium "Begin" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Lalo Schifrin "Bullitt" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 The Monkees "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Carmen McRae "The Sound of Silence" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 The Gosdin Brothers "Sounds of Goodbye" 4.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Fats Domino "Fats Is Back" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Tiny Tim "God Bless Tiny Tim" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 The Gentle Soul "The Gentle Soul" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Rick Nelson "Perspective" 2/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Richard Harris "The Yard Went On Forever" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1968 The Association "Birthday" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1968 Mason Williams "The Mason Williams Phonograph Record" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 Mel Tormé "A Day in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 The Grass Roots "Golden Grass" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 The Beau Brummels "Bradley's Barn" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1968 Peggy Lipton "Peggy Lipton" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1968 The 5th Dimension "Stoned Soul Picnic" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1969 The Monkees "The Monkees Present" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1969 Jimmie Rodgers "Windmills of Your Mind" 4/5 stars 5/5 stars
1969 Larry Norman "Upon This Rock" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Elvis Presley "Elvis Sings Flaming Star" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Laura Nyro "New York Tendaberry" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1969 Mark Spoelstra "Mark Spoelstra" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Michele O'Malley "Saturn Rings" 3.5/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1969 Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart "It's All Happening On The Inside" 2.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Tommy Roe "Dizzy" 0/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1969 Jackie Gleason "The Now Sound ... For Today's Lovers" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1969 John Simon "Last Summer" O.S.T. 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Townes Van Zandt "Our Mother the Mountain" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1969 Thelma Houston "Sunshower" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1969 The Grass Roots "Lovin' Things" 1.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 The Mystic Moods Orchestra "Extensions" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Cass Elliot "Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Stan Kenton "Hair" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1969 The 5th Dimension "The Age of Aquarius" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1969 The Monkees "Instant Replay" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1969 Peggy Lee "A Natural Woman" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1970 Jackie DeShannon "To Be Free" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1970 The 5th Dimension "The July 5th Album" 3/5 stars 5/5 stars
1970 Paul Williams "Someday Man" 4.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1970 Bobby Scott "Robert William Scott - In Memory of the Race" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1970 Elvis Presley "Let's Be Friends" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1970 The Jackson 5 "ABC" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1970 Claudine Longet "Run Wild, Run Free" 3.5/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1970 Tommy Roe "We Can Make Music" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1970 Chet Baker "Blood, Chet and Tears" 1.5/5 stars 3/5 stars
1970 The 5th Dimension "Portrait" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1971 Jack Daugherty "Class Of Nineteen Hundred and Seventy One" 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1971 Howard Roberts "Antelope Freeway" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1971 David Axelrod "Rock Interpretation of Handel's Messiah" 3.5/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1971 Cannonball Adderley "The Black Messiah" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 Elvis Presley "You'll Never Walk Alone" 3/5 stars 5/5 stars
1971 The Flying Burrito Brothers "The Flying Burrito Bros." 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 Kim Carnes "Rest on Me" 2/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 The Sandpipers "A Gift of Song" 0/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 Solomon Burke "Electronic Magnetism" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 Johnny Rivers "Home Grown" 3/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1970 Jackie DeShannon "Songs" 4/5 stars 5/5 stars
1971 The 5th Dimension "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1971 Barbra Streisand "Barbra Joan Streisand" 4.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1971 Nilsson "Aerial Pandemonium Ballet" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1972 David Clayton-Thomas "David Clayton-Thomas" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1972 Dean Martin "Dino" 2.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1972 John Stewart "Sunstorm" 3/5 stars 4/5 stars
1972 Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1972 Little Richard "The Second Coming" 3.5/5 stars 4/5 stars
1972 Cannonball Adderley / Nat Adderley "Soul Zodiac" 4/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1972 Kenny Rankin "Like a Seed" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1973 Incredible Bongo Band "Bongo Rock" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1973 Barry McGuire "Seeds" 3/5 stars 5/5 stars
1973 Della Reese "Let Me In Your Life" 0/5 stars 0/5 stars
1973 Andy Williams "Solitaire" 4/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1973 Frank Sinatra "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" 2/5 stars 4/5 stars
1973 Helen Reddy "Long Hard Climb" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1974 2nd Chapter of Acts "With Footnotes" 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1974 Terry Melcher "Terry Melcher" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1974 Billy Joel "Streetlife Serenade" 3/5 stars 3.5/5 stars
1974 Incredible Bongo Band "Return of the Incredible Bongo Band" 2.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1975 Barry McGuire "Lighten Up" 2/5 stars 5/5 stars
1975 Jackie DeShannon "New Arrangement" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1975 Frankie Valli "Closeup" 3.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1975 Kenny Rankin "Inside" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1976 Annie Herring "Through a Child's Eyes" 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1976 Cannonball Adderley "Music You All" 4/5 stars 4/5 stars
1976 Janny Grein "Covenant Woman" 2/5 stars 5/5 stars
1977 Keith Green "For Him Who Has Ears to Hear" 5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1978 Candle "Bullfrogs and Butterflies" 4.5/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1979 Barry McGuire "Cosmic Cowboy" 0/5 stars 4.5/5 stars
1979 Scott Wesley Brown "One Step Closer" 0/5 stars 5/5 stars
1983 Phil Driscoll "I Exalt Thee" 4.5/5 stars 5/5 stars
1983 Phil Spector "Back to Mono (1958–1969)" 5/5 stars 5/5 stars

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Film and Television[edit]

Title Composer, Conductor or Artist Year of Release
Go, Johnny, Go! Eddie Cochran 1959
Stagecoach Jerry Goldsmith 1966
Spinout George Stoll 1966
Grand Prix Maurice Jarre 1966
Murderer's Row Lalo Schifrin 1966
The Monkees The Monkees 1966
Double Trouble Jeff Alexander 1967
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Frank De Vol 1967
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Nelson Riddle 1967
Bullitt Lalo Schifrin 1968
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Dave Grusin 1968
Skidoo Harry Nilsson 1968
Yours, Mine and Ours Fred Karlin 1968
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Elmer Bernstein 1968
The Sweet Ride Pete Rugolo 1968
Lady in Cement Hugo Montenegro 1968
Elvis Bones Howe 1968
The Graduate Dave Grusin 1968
Monterey Pop various 1968
Get Smart Irving Szathmary 1968
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Frank De Vol 1968
Coogan's Bluff Lalo Schifrin 1968
The Summer Brothers Smothers Show Nelson Riddle 1968
Hang 'Em High Dominic Frontiere 1968
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Ted Nichols 1968
Last Summer John Simon 1969
Change of Habit Billy Goldenberg 1969
The Andy Williams Show Nick Perito 1969
33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee The Monkees 1969
Sweet Charity Cy Coleman 1969
Watermelon Man Melvin Van Peebles 1970
WUSA Lalo Schifrin 1970
Josie and the Pussycats Ted Nichols 1970
Sometimes a Great Notion Henry Mancini 1970
Adam at 6 A.M. Dave Grusin 1970
The Phynx Mike Stoller 1970
The Partridge Family Wes Farrell 1970
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Stu Phillips 1970
Star Spangled Girl Charles Fox 1971
Flip George Wyle 1970
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Marty Paich 1971
Play Misty for Me Dee Barton 1971
Alias Smith and Jones Billy Goldenberg 1971
Plaza Suite (film) Maurice Jarre 1971
Duel Billy Goldenberg 1971
Dirty Harry Lalo Schifrin 1971
The New Bill Cosby Show Quincy Jones 1972
Butterflies Are Free Bob Alcivar 1972
The Getaway Quincy Jones 1972
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Dave Grusin 1972
Play It Again Sam Billy Goldenberg 1972
Portnoy's Complaint Michel Legrand 1972
Magnum Force Lalo Schifrin 1973
High Plains Drifter Dee Barton 1973
The Outlaw Josey Wales Jerry Fielding 1976
Sudden Impact Lalo Schifrin 1983
The Wrecking Crew various 2008
Sample This - The Birth of Hip Hop Perry Botkin, Jr. 2012

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