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Steve Douglas

1938

Saxophonist Steve Douglas is born in Los Angeles.

1958

Steve Douglas begins a two-year association with guitarist Duane Eddy that will result in a run of instrumental hits, including “Cannonball,” “40 Miles of Bad Road” and “Peter Gunn.”

1963

Phil Spector moves his base of operations from New York to Los Angeles, enlisting Steve Douglas to contract sessions and play sax on such records as “He’s a Rebel,” a #1 hit for the Crystals.

1963

Steve Douglas begins working with the Beach Boys as a sideman, contributing sax to all their albums from Surfin’ U.S.A. through Pet Sounds. He also becomes a regular on Jan and Dean’s sessions, playing on “Surf City,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” and others.

1964

Steve Douglas is hired to work in A&R (artists & repertoire) at Capitol Records, where he’ll produce and play on sessions for such acts as Bobby Darrin, Billy Preston and Glen Campbell.

1967

Steve Douglas runs the West Coast office of Mercury Records, where he signs such acts as Blue Cheer (“Summertime Blues”) and Asylum Choir (featuring fellow Phil Spector sideman Leon Russell).

1976

Steve Douglas releases The Music of Cheops, recorded in the King’s Chamber at the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, on his own Cheops label.

1978

Steve Douglas joins Bob Dylan’s band for a year of touring and recording with Bob Dylan. He can be heard on Dylan’s Live at Budokan album, recorded on March 1, 1978.

1993

Steve Douglas dies of heart failure.

2003

Steve Douglas is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eighteenth annual induction dinner. Paul Shaffer is his presenter.