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Spooner Oldham Timeline

1943

Dewey Lyndon “Spooner” Oldham is born in Center Star, Alabama.

1960

Spooner Oldham writes his first hit, “Is a Blue Bird Blue,” which reaches #35 on the pop charts.

1965

Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn write “Let’s Do It Over,” their first recorded songwriting collaboration. It becomes a #13 R&B hit for Joe Simon on the Vee-Jay label.

1967

Spooner Oldham moves to Memphis to work at Chips Moman’s American Studios. He and guitarist Dan Penn cement a songwriting partnership that yields numerous rock, soul and R&B classics.

1977

Spooner Oldham is enlisted to play keyboards on sessions for Neil Young’s Comes a Time album, inaugurating a lengthy relationship between Oldham and Young.

1980

Bob Dylan’s Saved album, featuring Spooner Oldham on keyboards, is released. Oldham will be part of Dylan’s touring band in 1980 and 1981.

1994

Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn perform onstage together in support of the latter’s Do Right Man album. Over the years the duo will periodically reunite for live performances.

1998

Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn tour England with headliner Nick Lowe. A live album, Moments from This Theatre, is released. It is re-released in 2006 to coincide with another U.K. tour.

2006

Spooner Oldham joins Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for their Freedom of Speech Tour and performs with Neil Young in the Heart of Gold concert film, shot at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

2007

Spooner Oldham tours with the Drive-By Truckers on their The Dirt Underneath Tour.

2009

Spooner Oldham is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner. Paul Shaffer is his presenter.