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Steve Douglas


Saxophonist Steve Douglas is born in Los Angeles.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


Steve Douglas dies of heart failure.


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