Ray Pohlman

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Ray Pohlman
Birth nameMerlyn Ray Pohlman
Born(1930-07-22)July 22, 1930
Baker Township, Iowa, U.S.
DiedNovember 1, 1990(1990-11-01) (aged 60)
California, U.S.
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar
Associated actsThe Wrecking Crew

Merlyn Ray Pohlman (July 22, 1930 – November 1, 1990) was an American session musician and arranger who played both upright bass and bass guitar, and also did sessions as a guitarist. He is credited with being the first electric bass player in Los Angeles studios in the 1950s.


Pohlman was a member of The Wrecking Crew, who recorded with Phil Spector and The Beach Boys. He was the musical director of the house band, "The Shindogs", on the 1960s television show Shindig!

Fellow session bassist Carol Kaye wrote of him, "Ray Pohlman in the early '80s became the rhythm guitarist for Frankie Capp’s great jazz band, Juggernaut."[1]

Pohlman died of heart failure at the age of 60.

Artists with whom Pohlman recorded[edit]

Per AllMusic.[2]


As sideman[edit]

With The Beach Boys

With Sam Cooke

With The Ronettes


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Carol Kaye Interview". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Ray Pohlman Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ Russo, Gus. "Carol Kaye Interview". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Portrait of a Legend". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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