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|Birth name||Thomas Clark Cogbill|
April 8, 1932|
Johnson Grove, Tennessee United States
|Died||December 7, 1982
Nashville, Tennessee United States
|Genres||soul music, R&B, country|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar|
Thomas Clark Cogbill, (April 8, 1932 – December 7, 1982) was an American R&B, soul, country bassist, guitarist and record producer.
Tommy Cogbill was born in Johnson Grove, Tennessee. He was a highly sought-after session and studio musician who appeared on many now-classic recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, especially those recorded in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals. He has been credited as an influence by bass guitarists, including Jaco Pastorius. In the later 1960s and early 1970s, Cogbill worked extensively at Memphis's American Sound Studio as a producer and as part of the studio's house rhythm section, known as The Memphis Boys.
One of the best known recordings featuring his bassline was Dusty Springfield's 1969 hit "Son of a Preacher Man", produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd. Other major artists he recorded with include King Curtis, Joe Tex, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Dobie Gray, Kris Kristofferson, J. J. Cale, Wilson Pickett (including the bassline on "Funky Broadway"), Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton, Bob Seger, and Neil Diamond. He also played bass on King Curtis' single "Memphis Soul Stew" in 1967.
- The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Wilson Pickett, 1966
- The Sound of Wilson Pickett, Wilson Pickett, 1967
- Wicked Pickett, Wilson Pickett, 1967
- Aretha Arrives, Aretha Franklin, 1967
- I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin, 1967
- For Your Precious Love, Oscar Toney Jr., 1967
- Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin, 1968
- Aretha Now, Aretha Franklin, 1968
- Aretha '69, Aretha Franklin, 1969
- Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield, 1969
- Menphis Underground, Herbie Mann, 1971
- Spills the Beans, Joe Tex, 1972
- Seven, Bob Seger, 1974
- Okie, J.J.Cale, 1974
- Hey Dixie, Dobie Gray, 1974
- You and Me Together, James and Bobby Purify, 1975
- Easy As Pie, Bily "Crash" Craddock, 1976
- So Lonesome Tonight, Charlie Rich, 1977
- Crash, Bily "Crash" Craddock, 1977
- Starting All Over Again, Don Gibson, 1978
- Where to Now, Charlie Dore, 1979
- At This Moment, Billy Bera & The Beaters, 1981
- Hollywood, Tennessee, Crystal Gayle ,1981
- Jones, Roben, Memphis Boys, The University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2010
- "Dusty Springfield's 'Son of a Preacher Man', Chris Jisi". Bassplayer.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Tommy Cogbill". AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2011.