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Joe & Carol..."Fantasy":

blackcat That's neat to hear. How about Don's associate, that "Ordinary Average Guy," Joe Walsh? You have worked with him quite a bit too!

Waddy Joe Walsh and I have a very good time in the studio together. I'll tell you a little story that went down with Joe Walsh and I one time. We did a couple of records together. And we were working on this one album, "The Confessor." We were out late in Goodnight LA working on some stuff. I'd call him JW and he called me WW. I'd say, "Hey JW, I've got an idea for this," and he'd go "Yeah, WW that's a good idea, yeah." We were talking about this one song, and all the sudden Joe looks at me, and I said, "Well I think I should play that part. Why don't I lay that part down." And he says, "Yeah that's a really good idea. Why don't you play it, and then I'll 'double you' WW." We both just stopped dead for like 2 minutes, laughing. Joe is great!

It's funny because we just played with my band, we played a little gig on Thursday night, and went by my bass players house afterwards. And he says, "Waddy, you got five minutes? I gotta show you something." He found a tape of us when we . . .. We went to Australia (with Joe Walsh, Rick Rosas, an Australian drummer named Richard Harvey and myself) and did a tour and some recording over there. We came back and did this concert at The Forum for the Vietnam Vets. It was this big, big concert . . . and we were drunk out of our brains back then. So he is showing me this footage. I barely even remembered it, but it's Joe Walsh, Rick and me on stage, with like men like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and others. All these people up on the stage playing with us, and we didn't really know any of them very well-and I am cueing everybody, and we're trying to play "Rocky Mountain Way," and I'm yelling cues to people, and there we were completely out of our skulls. We definitely had a lot of fun together on the road.

And you know Joe Walsh opened for Stevie for a while. They spent time hanging out together.

blackcat Yep, I remember. I've heard many of her interviews talking about Joe. He was the man in her life for a while, there's no doubt about it. ("Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You.")

"My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue."~Carole King

blackcat You have been in the business as much as, and if not more than, most people. You worked with Carole King, who knocked the world out with her Tapestry album. How did you hook up with Carole King and what was it like being on the road with her? (She has a new one out now called Love Makes The World.)

Waddy You know, Carole and I look like brother and sister, or at least we used to. I was the new boy in town, basically. I had already played with the Everly's, and was doing session work. All of a sudden I got hired by Lou Adler. He produced Tapestry. He also produced The Mamas and Papas. Lou is a great, great guy. I was scufflin' around for years, and I played some guitar for someone who heard me. The next thing I knew I wound up on a date for Lou Adler, for Tim Curry. Tim Curry was the first session I did for Lou. That's where I met Danny Kortchmar. And that completed my cycle of meeting everyone in The Section. You know, Leland Sklar, Russell Kunkle, Craig Doerge and finally Kooch . . . who I hated (Laughing) because Kootch was the one working on the records in town, and I couldn't get any work! I hated his guitar playing! I hated his solo sound, and everything. And I said, "I'm going to hate this guy when I meet him," and we loved each other . . . and we love each other to death.

So I worked for Lou for Tim Curry, and then I got called to do another session to for a guy named Peter Allen. I don't know if you remember this artist. He was a gay singer and a very talented guy that died of AIDS a while ago. And then I got called for Carole. And— BOOM— I couldn't believe it! I was like, "Holy Shit! Major Artist time! I can't fuckin' believe this!" And I went to this studio . . . you know how I mentioned this brother and sister thing. I walked into the session and Carole King is walking down the hallway and looks and me and goes, "Who are you?" I said, "I'm Waddy." And she goes, "Are you my brother or something?" You know at that point we had the same hair, the same little Jewish nose . . . ah, big Jew nose I should say, and we looked like brother and sister! She said, "I thought you were my brother." So I got in and we started playing, and it went great. She loved what I was doing and Lou loved what I did, anyway. So . . . then I was told she's going to tour, and we want you on the tour.

So at that point . . . now I'm getting' scared. Because my friends Leland and Danny and Russell . . . these guys, they are called The Section. They have a reputation. They make money, these guys, on the road. And I made $250 a week for the Everly Brothers. I didn't know what the fuckin' deal was. I was scared because I had to talk money with this guy, Lou Adler, about Carole's gig. So I called up Leland. We knew each of, just kind of. I didn't know him that well. I said, "Can I ask you something man? I gotta talk business with Lou Adler. And I don't know what to ask for. So could you tell me what you get to do this gig so I can kind of gauge it." And he said, "Yeah. We get such & such for a gig, such & such per day off, and such & such per rehearsal." "Wow! Great, man!" And then for two days I'm kind of sitting around wondering how I can ask for that much money?

blackcat The kid from New York.

Waddy I can't ask for this much money. Holy shit! What am I going to do? Lou called me and he says, "Waddy." And he is the most mellow and subtle guy. He goes, "Waddy I understand we have to 'talk business'. So let's talk." He leaves this message on my machine! So I called him back and go, "Hi Lou. It's Waddy." And he goes, "Waddy do you know what everyone else is getting?" I go, "We gotta talk money, we gotta talk, right?" And he goes, "Do you know what everyone else is getting?" And I went, "Ah, yeah." And he goes, "You get the same." He goes, "You're number one in my book, man."

blackcat Whoa!

Waddy He goes, "Talk done, okay?" I said, "That's fine by me!" (Laughing) So that was that. And then we went out. It was an album called Thoroughbred.

blackcat I have it.

Waddy Oh, you have it? And we toured around for a couple of weeks, maybe. It wasn't a big tour or anything. But we had a great time. I loved her. She loved me. And it was wonderful.

At one point she had this boyfriend who was a fuckin' screwball. She was this Jewish girl from New York, and she was going with this Gentile cowboy, redneck, asshole. You could tell this guy was a druggie, a fucked up guy. And like I said, I was "new boy." And we were on this tour. And we did a show, we came off and all the sudden this guy starts yelling at Danny-Kootch. He was screaming in Kootch's face. This asshole is a BIG guy. And I don't know what is happening, or what the fuck is going on, but all the sudden he hits Danny. He punches him! And I was sitting there on a road case. And I just did the Clark Kent thing. I just stood up on top of the road case, and dove on this guy from across the hall and took him down on the fuckin' floor, and Kunkle grabbed him, too, and we started pounding the shit of this fuckin' guy. Thank God Russell [Kunkle] was there because he's big, too. I'm this little twerp. We pulled this guy into a bathroom and were pounding him. Hey, then as soon as Russell let go I jumped off. (Laughing) At that point Danny Kortchmar and I were just getting to know each other. Then we went back out and did our encore. (Laughing) Danny comes up to me and he goes, "Man I just want you to know something. You and I are brothers from now on, man . . . forEVER. I don't know who you are, but you and I are brothers. You will never lose my friendship for what you just did." It was great, you know?

blackcat That's cool.

Waddy So it was a great time. Carole is lovely. We see each other now and then. Oh man, and she, believe me, there is a woman who is a "bandleader." And that impressed me so heavily. I am used to going to sessions, and you work for these people, and they need "this and that." She sat down at that piano and took charge. She said, "No, this is like this," and "No, no, no! This chord is this. No, no, no Bar 16 is this chord, man, WAKE UP." And I am looking at this woman and thought, "Wow! I like this!" A real musician. It was great. I was put with her and it was a great thing.

blackcat Thank you, Waddy. I was so curious as to how you met. I think there's a few other folks out there that are curious too. It has been great getting to hear some of these stories!

"Smackwater Jack:" A Shotgun Of Questions for Waddy

blackcat I have a few questions for you, here Waddy. I'm going to give them to you "magazine style." Maybe some weird questions, maybe some hard ones. These are the kinds of questions you find in the back of a magazine. Alright?

Waddy Alright.

blackcat Okay, now remember that Waddy kid growing up in New York. That boy. What is your greatest extravagance?

Waddy Extravagance? Hmmm. Gee. I don't know. You'd better ask Annie that one.

blackcat (Laughing). I will. Don't worry, I will.

Waddy I don't know that I have any.

blackcat Your guitars maybe?

Waddy Well, that's not an extravagance. That's my life's work.

blackcat You don't have a million guitars?

Waddy No, I really don't have a million. As a matter of fact, I was looking at an interview of my friend Hutch, who is a bass player, and he listed all the basses. He has like a million basses. Wait a minute. Let me look around here for a second.

blackcat Well, did you figure anything out? (Laughing!)

Waddy No! I think you got me. You stumped the band on that. Not to sound modest or anything. I'm a hobbyless person. I don't have that many guitars laying around. Well, okay, of course the living room is full of them, but . . . I don't know.

blackcat Okay, how about this. What is your favorite guitar?

Waddy My Les Paul. My 1960 Les Paul.

blackcat Okay, that's good.

Waddy Oh yes, that's good. That's real good. It's worth quite a bit of money, that guitar.

blackcat Okay, well, maybe that's an extravagance?

Waddy It's not an extravagance! I bought it for $350.00 in 1969. You know, an extravagance would be like me having a closet full of Brooks Brothers shirts, which I certainly don't! (Laughing)

blackcat Or driving a really fancy car. Or expensive cars like Mercedes Benz.

Waddy I drive a Volvo.

blackcat That's cool. But you really aren't an extravagant person, are you.

Waddy (Laughing) I am sure Annie will go, "What about ________!?" You know I am snooty about food.

blackcat It's okay Waddy. I like that. You're not extravagant. Okay, I've got another one. What is your greatest musical regret?

Waddy Musical regret? My greatest musical regret is that I haven't written enough songs. And I certainly haven't written enough hit songs. I haven't written enough songs.

blackcat Well, you're going to work on that. Okay, how about this one: what talent would you most like to have?

Waddy Being able to manufacture dollar bills out of nothing. I'd like to be a magician that could manufacture money.

blackcat What do you consider your greatest accomplishment.

Waddy My greatest accomplishment, huh? Being married for fourteen years.

blackcat Amen. Amen. I like that Waddy.

Waddy And playing with Keith Richards. And playing with the Stones on their record.

blackcat Hey, I am glad you put your wife first. I like that.

Waddy Yep.

blackcat What was your most challenging project?

Waddy Oh. Stones were pretty challenging on just a stamina level. Keith's solo project was quite challenging. Producing is a challenging gig. Producing Zevon was challenging.

blackcat What has brought you the most professional satisfaction? "I Can't Get No"

Waddy (Laughing) Yeah, really. Well, I'm not sure. When I met Elton John he said, "Waddy Wachtel. You produced one of my favorite albums." And I said, "You've got to be kidding! What's that?" And he said, "Bryan Ferry's The Bride Stripped Bare. I'm like "Wow." (Laughing) So that was pretty impressive. That was a professional accomplishment. I don't know. Would you give me that question again?

blackcat What has brought you the most professional satisfaction?

Waddy Doing a good job brings me professional satisfaction. When I do a session for someone and they like what I did. Or if I produce someone and they are happy with it. Or, professional satisfaction was scoring "Joe Dirt"-writing the whole orchestral score, writing the whole Rock&Roll score for that movie, and seeing it come to fruition and be in the film, and seeing my name as big as Adam Sandler's on the credits-that was professionally satisfying.

blackcat That's cool.

Waddy Being thought of as a great musician is very professionally satisfying. Like I am going to New York to work with Steve Jordan, Danny Kortchmar, Willie Weeks for Timothy White's benefit. That is professionally satisfying, that my peers think I am good. Someone like Steve, or Kortchmar or Leland, you know these people . . . when these people think I am good, that makes me feel good.

blackcat Who leave you starstruck at this point? Anybody?

Waddy It varies, and it depends. Stevie [Nicks] leaves me starstruck sometimes. Don Henley can. When these people do what it is that they do, you know. I am in the business with them, I am on the stage with them, but . . .. Starstruck to me is like . . .when I did my first gig with the Everly Brothers, and like I told you, I just met them right before the gig and we went out on stage. Right before we went on this guy says to me, "Now at the end of the show, the Brothers do a song called "Kentucky." You just stand there. Nobody plays on it. We just stand there while they sing. And at the end of it I hit this one bass note at the end-that's the end of the song and we all walk off together." I said, "Okay fine, right, right, right, right, right, no problem." We got there, and I don't know if you know this song, "Kentucky," but it is one of the most gorgeous things you will ever hear in your life. And the words are incredible, the melody . . . and to hear Donald and Phil. So we had just done this whole show of these songs-all these songs that I know with them. And we stood there, and the two of them sang this song. I stood on that stage . . . and my eyes . . . I could not stop crying. In fact, my eyes are tearing up just trying to describe it to you, because it was the most awesome thing I have ever seen or heard. And at the end of it, I just stood there blubbering, and they're saying, "Let's go, let's go, let's go!" And I was, "Oh, yeah, right, right!" I'm on a stage and that's how I was. But there it was. There were the Everly Brothers doing what they do. And it was so overpoweringly magnificent.

And it's like that when I see Stevie [Nicks] do what she does. Or when I see Mick [Jagger] or Keith [Richards]. You know, these guys who fight and fight, and argue and argue. One day I got to the studio after being with them for months, you know. I walk in and both of them are standing there, together, and they went, "Waddy! Come here man, come here!" And I went, "What? Since when do you guys hang together first of all. What?" And they went, "Man, wait 'till you see our stage! You're not going to believe this stage we got for this tour! It's so fuckin' cool, man. You're gonna freak!" And I'm like, "Look at you guys. What are we, sixteen years old?" It was like, all the love for everything that we do and all the love for music and just the idea that you can get up on a stage and play guitar and make people "hot" or make people happy . . . and to see Mick and Keith. I felt like . . . the three of us . . . we were 16 years old, like we had never done "it" yet. And we were out to do our first gig, you know? It was the most joyful, beautiful thing I had ever seen. I said, "I can't even look at you two. You're so beautiful, you fuckin' assholes. You fuckin' hate each other? Don't tell me this hate each other bullshit anymore, okay? Look at you guys. You can't live without each other." It was wonderful. It's like when I see Don. I'll be listening to someone, and it's what he or she does will reach me. That's starstruck. So it happens at all levels. It happens in music. Sometimes an actor will hit a note and I will just lose it. Yeah, it happens.

blackcat[And true to my word, I just had to ask Waddy's wife Annie the one question he couldn't answer himself.] What do you think is Waddy's greatest extravagance?

Annie Let's see, what is Waddy's greatest extravagance? That's easy - FOOD! We will drive 50 miles to try a new Malaysian restaurant. We've actually done that. We will drive anywhere to see if "the new BBQ" joint is any good … the new rib place ... the new Thai place, the new Dim Sum place. Yes, definitely FOOD.

blackcat [Annie can cook! I am now beginning to suspect that being able to cook was included in their vows.]

Annie The second time Waddy took me to NYC, it was to go to the pizza place where he grew up. It was called Charlie's, it was on Lexington right across from Alexander's. Harry (Waddy's Dad) would take Waddy to school, drop him off— and as soon as Harry was out of sight, Waddy was on the train back into the city and directly to Charlie's— where he would hang out, until school should have been out. At which time he would appear at Harry's Lexington Avenue shoe store.... "Hi Dad." "Oh, hi, Bobby was school today?"

Well, I decided I was going to make pizza just like Charlie's did. So we hung out there a lot while I watched "the divine Primo" (the white haired pizziaolist, with the rolled up short sleeved white tee shirt) roll out the dough, watched how he shredded the cheese, heated the oven, twirled the pie, etc. We even got the name of the pizza sauce they used and placed an order for 2 HUGE, restaurant sized cans of it. Guess where it came from? CALIFORNIA, yep. (Lisanti Pizza Sauce, Co., CA.) That's not ALL, we also brought home bottles of NY water, bought industrial strength olive oil, the right flour to make sure all the ingredients were correct - then a professional pizza stone for the oven and a "peel". So I guess "learning how to make Charlie's pizza" was his biggest extravagance. Charlie has since passed away. It was very sad. We got so many phone calls from pals Waddy had turned on to Charlie's -they all called with heavy emotion in their voices, hoping not to be the first one to tell him that Charlie's was gone. It was terrible. Wad thinks ours is just as good, I sure hope so.

Waddy's second extravagance- THE DAWGS! They get a pimple - and it's off to the Vets. What a guy! :o)

Dr. Lou & Irie

Just some of Waddy Wachtel's accomplishments:

David Letterman is correct. Waddy Wachtel's list of session work is phenomenal. He has recorded and toured with many of rock's legends, earning a reputation as one of the top sessions guitarist in the rock and roll industry. His accomplishments are not limited to playing guitar—he is a writer, producer, singer and composer of musical scores, including his most recent work, the David Spade movie, "Joe Dirt." What is most amazing is that as active as this man has been in music, very few people "outside the business" have even heard of him. The average "joe" might be surprised at how much of Waddy's work can be found sitting in their cd racks and mentioned in the liner notes of their LPs. Waddy Wachtel's name, (along with some of these other incredible musicians, Jorge Calderon, Dan Dugmore, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glaub, Don Grolnik, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkle, Rick Marotta, John David "JD" Souther, Benmont Tench, David Lindley and Leland Sklar) is everywhere. Ever play "Five Degrees of Separation in Rock & Roll?" Place the name "Wachtel" in the mix, and there's sure to be a connection.

Rolling Stone (399) calls Waddy "rock and roll's most valuable player." "People would hire me because they needed that rock and roll element," Waddy told Musician Magazine. Clearly there is much more of a reason as to why many artists have sought Waddy out: The legendary and incendiary rock guitarist, Keith Richards (of the Rolling Stones) had this to say about why he chose Waddy as he was setting up his solo band ("The X-Pensive Winos"):

So I started to put a band together, because I can't work without a band. Steve looks at me and says, 'Who do you want to play with?' I said, 'Guitar? Waddy Wachtel.' And he goes to me, 'My very words.' I'd known Waddy since the middle '70s, and I've always liked his stuff. But I always recognized him as a man left alone out there running a chick's band. And I knew this man wants to rock more desperately than he's allowed to. (Laughs.) He's doing Linda Ronstadt, then he's doing Stevie Nicks, and I know my man wants to rock. Waddy and I have always had that empathy, and he understands my music. I don't have to explain anything to Waddy. I say, 'It goes like this,' and everybody else would say, 'Well, that's weird.' But Waddy goes, 'Oh, that's interesting.' That's what you look for, that ESP doesn't come hard. Because what you're looking for in a band is that you don't have to bother about thinking about something, that it's picked up automatically." (Obrecht, Jas: Guitar Player, December, 1992, "Filthy, Filthy, Filthy: Keith Richards Comes Clean On Distortion And The Meaning Of Music," pages 34-48, 64.)

There is MUCH more to this Keith Richards interview on line than is found in the magazine. Mr. Obrecht complete interview can be found on this internet site:

Also, see recent pictures of Waddy and Keith Richards playing at The Joint:

Those unique qualities, that ability to understand other artists, are why Waddy is referred to as a "veteran sessions player." He has clearly earned his stripes. Waddy loves to perform LIVE-and it's got to be rock & roll music. When he's not producing, touring, writing, managing, working on movie sound tracks, you might be able to catch him in LA, playing at "The Joint."

Below is a selected list of albums where Waddy makes an appearance. Each album, each tour he was on, and the people with whom he worked-they all represent chapters in Waddy's life. The book isn't finished-Waddy Wachtel is still working. Perhaps one day there will be a book about Waddy's life & adventures; he has been behind the music for many recording artists:

Herb Alpert: "My Abstract Heart" (1989)

Waddy Wachtel, 12/01
Arizona Heart Institute Benefit
Photo © blackcat
"Alibi," (1980)
"Highway: 30 Years of America" (2000)

Lisa Bade: "Suspicion" (1982)

The Bee Gees: "Still Waters" (1997)

Barbi Benton: "Something New" (1976)

Big Mountain: "Unity" (1994)

Big Sky: "Waiting For The Dawn" (1990)

Curt Boettcher:
"There's An Innocent Face" (1973)
"Misty Mirage" (2000)

Bon Jovi: "Blaze Of Glory" (1990)

Karla Bonoff:
"Restless Nights" (1979)
"Wild Heart of the Young" (1982)

Sarah Brightman:
"As I Came Of Age" (2000)
"Café Racers" (2001)

Jackson Browne:
"Lives In The Balance" (1986)
"I'm Alive" (1993)
"Looking East" (1996)

Buckingham Nicks: "Buckingham Nicks" (1973)
(We're ALL still waiting to see if there is a follow-up in the works!)

Jorge Calderon: "City Music" (1999)

Kim Carnes:
"Mistaken Identity" (1981)
"Voyeur" (1982)
"Barking At Airplanes" (1985) (Lindsey Buckingham also onboard the plane!)
"Gypsy Honeymoon" (1993)
"Gypsy Come Home: Best Of Kim Carnes(1993)"
"Cafe Racers [Bonus Tracks]" (2001-reissued album)

Peter Cetera: "Peter Cetera Collection: You're The Inspiration" (1997)

The Church was a fairly successful group in Australia-and had been encouraged by their label to strike out in the USA. They reluctantly came to LA to collaborate with producers Wachtel and Greg Ladanyi for the Album "Starfish." This album went gold for the band-in the USA and Europe. The band's guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper said Waddy was able to get a performance out of them that other producers hadn't. Musician Steve Kilbey states, "Actually, Waddy helped straighten out a few things. I think we had a discipline problem-we're great for writing songs, but we hate rehearsing and ironing out the kinks. Waddy was really good with that. He'd sit with us in the rehearsal studio every day for a month, going over songs and saying, 'Do it again, do it again.' I think it was good for us to do that." (Harold DeMuir, "East Coast Rocker Magazine, Issue No 98, June, 1988)

Rock phenomenon Melissa Etheridge speaks about Waddy Wachtel's impact on her recording career. During her first album, her self titled work, Melissa was struggling:

"'After being signed, I got musicians and a producer, and this pop thing came out. Chris hated it; I hated it. We had to throw that away and I didn't know how I was ever going to do it.' Her saving grace came in the form of Niko Bolas, who preserved her rock 'n' roll essence by recording her live with just drums and bass. It was easy, fast and effective. 'We did my first record in four days that way. Niko knew Waddy Wachtel, and-god that he is-Waddy laid down some lines, and the record was done.'" (Paul Zollo, Musician, Issue No. 206, January, 1996, "Melissa Etheridge's Little Secret: Be Honest. Be Happy." Pages 22-36)

Everly Brothers fans will want to find the book The Everly Brothers: Walk Right Back, by Roger White. Don Everly endorses the book, which has the life story of Phil and Don. It also includes comments by many artists-among them, Warren Zevon, and Waddy Wachtel and Stevie Nicks. Aside from White's colossal book, you can read more of the account in David Simons excellent article in Acoustic Guitar, August 2000, No. 92. It can be found on line here.

Waddy joined Carole King, after leaving his mates Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and his part on the Fleetwood Mac "white"album. As for Waddy's part on Thorobred, "Another old confederate, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, is paired with guitarist Robert Wachtel to gently flesh out the music's harmonic richness with delicate, supportive melodic leads and rhythm parts." (Sutherland, Sam: Phonograph Record Magazine, Issue #64, Volume 6, Number 5, January 1976, "Thorobred: A Cautious Re-Evaluation Of The King Style.")
"Her Greatest Hits: Songs of Long Ago" (1999)

Perhaps, here, under Carole King-or Graham Nash, is the place to mention a very special heart-felt benefit in memory of Nicolette Larson. The "A Lotta Love" concert is masterfully viewed on Bob's Carole King's fan page. Please take the time to read the review of this two-day benefit on Bob's website:

  Read Mary E. Rohlfing's review

Through her words, even if a reader was not able to be present, one can feel what an amazing tribute this program was. Dr. Rohlfing mentions "the fabulously adorable Waddy Wachtel" was on guitar for that special gathering.

Stevie Nicks has often praised Waddy Wachtel in the media and while on tour. She has included this information about her song, If Anyone Falls ("The Wild Heart," 1983), "I wrote this song about Mr. Waddy Wachtel— who I have always felt was the twin that we all have somewhere."

(Stevie Nicks: TimeSpace tourbook)

Waddy can be seen in a few live shots on VH-1's "Stevie Nicks: Behind The Music," behind the veil on the video "Sorcerer," and on Stevie Nick's video for TimeSpace's "Sometimes It's A Bitch" video. Stevie's fans also know Waddy from the "Stevie Nicks In Concert," or "Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks" videos.

Waddy Wachtel formed his own band, naming it Ronin. The self-titled album, "Ronin," was released on the Mercury record label, in 1980. The band included Dan Dugmore, Rick Marotta, Don Grolnick and Stanley Sheldon. The album faired as well as Buckingham Nicks did, but fortunately Mr. Wachtel had plenty of options . . . and his phone was ringing. More information about this album is in the Penguin's discography. This album is definitely a collector's item for Waddy Wachtel fans.

The making of "Ronin" is discussed by Waddy and Rick Marotta in an article enclosed at the end of the biography. (Basch, Marty: Modern Recording & Music, November 1980, Vol. 6, No. 2, "Rick Marotta & Waddy Wachtel of Ronin," pages 54 58.)

Linda Ronstadt has stated, "Waddy helped me a lot with my singing, especially paraphrasing. He's one of the best rock and roll singers I have ever heard. He taught me how to sing "Tumblin' Dice," for which I will be eternally grateful." ("Linda Ronstadt: Living In The USA" tourbook) Waddy came to Linda Ronstadt's band following a tour with Carole King . . . and "it was Kenny Edwards who was responsible for bringing Waddy and Linda together." (Connie Berman: "Linda Ronstadt: An Illustrated Biography," 1980) Waddy became her lead guitarists for several tours. He can be seen all throughout a video show recorded at Atlanta, Georgia at The Fox Theatre, December, 1977. Supposedly, as Linda stated on the video, the footage was shot for release on Australian television.

Waddy was a co-writer of the hit song "Her Town Too," along with James Taylor and J.D.Souther. Waddy also toured with James Taylor for the "Dad Loves His Work" album. James Taylor has stated, "I came out of the scene that Waddy Wachtel calls, 'The great folk scare of the sixties'." Perhaps one of the most interesting tour "benefits" came with James Taylor's "Flag" tour. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Eric Barrett had hired Richard Norton, a karate instructor, to give the band lessons to prevent "road burn out." Truly everyone, including Waddy, was kung fu fighting. (Peter Herbst, Rolling Stone Magazine, "James Taylor: The 'Rolling Stone Interview'," September 6, 1979, Issue No. 299, pages 38-43)

Tracy Chapman: "Matters Of The Heart" (1992)

Rosanne Cash:
"Rhythm And Romance" (1985)
"Rosanne Cash: Hits 1979-1989" (1989)

Cheech and Chong: "Up In Smoke" (1991)

"Cher" (1987)
"Heart Of Stone" (1989)

The Church:
"Starfish" (1988)
"Megalopolis" (1988)
"Under The Milky Way-The Best of" (1999)
"Almost Yesterday (1981-90)" (1997)
"Gold Afternoon Fix" (1998)

Gilby Clarke: "Pawnshop Guitars" (1995)

Leonard Cohen: "Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen" (1995)

Cherie Currie: "Messin' With The Boys" (1997)

Gilbert Clarke: "Hangover" (2001)

James Colin: "Bad Habits" (1995)

Destiny's Child:
"Survivor" (2001)
Let's finally clear this up: Waddy Wachtel-not Stevie Nicks-is actually playing guitar on "Bootylicious." ;o)

Neil Diamond:
"In My Lifetime" (1996)
"Christmas Album" (1992)
"Vol. 2-Christmas Album" (1994)

Bob Dylan:
"Under The Red Sky" (1990)
"Greatest Hits, Vol. 3" (1994)

Melissa Etheridge:
"Melissa Etheridge" (self-titled) (1990)
"Brave And Crazy" (1990)
"Yes I Am" (1993)

The Everly Brothers:
"Stories We Could Tell" (1972)
"Heartaches & Harmonies [Box Set]" (1994)

Bryan Ferry: "Bride Stripped Bare" (1990)

Fleetwood Mac: "Fleetwood Mac" (1975) (the "white album")

Richie Furay: "I Still Have Dreams" (1979)

Louise Goffin:
"Kid Blue" (1979)
"Louse Goffin" (1981) (Stevie Nicks also joined on this album)

Andrew Gold:
"What's Wrong With This Picture" (1976) (this album was made on alternate nights by the same exact band working on Linda Ronstadt's "Hasten Down The Wind")
"All This And Heaven Too" (1978)
"Thank You For Being A Friend" (1997)

Arlo Guthrie: "Amigo" (1998)

Hall And Oates: "Change Of Season" (1990)

Emmylou Harris: "Profile: Emmylou Harris" (1978)

Lisa Hartman: "'Til My Heart Stops" (1987)

Don Henley:
"Building The Perfect Beast" (1984)
"The End Of The Innocence" (1989)
"I Can't Stand Still" (1982)
"Actual Miles-Henley's Greatest Hits" (1995)

Bruce Hornsby: "Harbour Lights" (1993)

Michael Hutchence: "Michael Hutchence" (2000)

Peter Ivers: "Peter Ivers" (1976)

Colin James: "Bad Habits" (1995)

Vinnie James: "All American Boy" (1991)

Erikah Karst: "Buellton Diaries" (2000)

Carole King: "Thoroughbred" (1975)

Kris Kristofferson: "A Moment of Forever" (1995)

Lambright & Nuttycombe: "As You Will" (1973)
(The album includes contributions from both Waddy and Lindsey Buckingham)

Eric Martin: "Eric Martin" (1985)

Amanda Marshall: "Tuesday's Child" (1999)

Will T. Massey: "Will T. Massey" (1991)

Delbert McClinton: "Never Been Rocked Enough" (1992)

Shannon McNally: "Jukebox Sparrows" (2002)

Bette Midler:
"No Frills" (1995)
"Experience The Divine" (2000)

Eddie Mitchell:
"Les Nouvelles Aventures" (1999)
"Les Nouvelles Aventures 2" (1999)
"Les Nouvelles Aventures 3" (1999)

Katy Moffatt: "Kissin' In The California Sun" (1978)

The Motels:
"All Four One" (1982)
"Little Robbers" (1983)

Jenni Muldaur: "Jenni Muldaur" (1993)

Maria Muldaur: "Sweet Harmony" (1976)

Graham Nash: "Innocent Eyes" (1986)

Troy Newman: "Gypsy Moon" (1970)

Randy Newman:
"Little Criminals" (1977)
"Born Again" (1979)
"Trouble In Paradise" (1990)
"Faust" (1995)
"Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman" (1998)

Aaron Neville: "Tattooed Heart" (1995)

Ivan Neville: "If My Ancestors Could See Me Now" (1988)

Stevie Nicks:
"Bella Donna" (1981)
"Wild Heart" (1983)
"Rock A Little" (1985)
"The Other Side Of The Mirror" (1989)
"TimeSpace" (1991)
"Street Angel" (1993)
"Trouble In Shangri-la" (2001)

Dolly Parton: "Rainbow" (1987)

Steve Perry:
"Street Talk" (1984)
"Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased" (1998)

The Pointer Sisters:
"Energy" (1978)
"Priority" (1979)

Iggy Pop:
"Brick By Brick" (1990)

Judi Pulver: "Judy Pulver" (1973)

Dory Previn:
"Live At Carnegie Hall" (1998)

John Prine:
"Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessing" (1995)

Bonnie Raitt:
"The Glow" (1979)
"Bonnie Raitt Collection" (1990)

Kenny Rankin:
"Inside" (1975)
"Peaceful: The Best Of Kenny Rankin" (1996)

Keith Richards:
"Talk Is Cheap" (1988)
"Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Dec. 15, 1988" (1991)
"Main Offenders" (1992)
Waddy co-wrote "999," "Words of Wonder," "Yap Yap," and "Hate It When You Leave." You can catch Waddy on Keith Richards' video "Live At The Hollywood Palladium."

Kim Richey: "Glimmer" (1999)

Johnny Rivers:
"Last Train To Memphis" (1998)
"Johnny Rivers Live: Back At The Whisky (A Go-Go)" (2001)

Janice Robinson: "Color Within Me" (1999)

The Rolling Stones: "Bridges To Babylon" (1997)

Ronin: "Ronin" (1980)

Linda Ronstadt:
"Simple Dreams" (1977)
"Living In The USA" (1978)
"Hasten Down The Wind" (1976)
"Mad Love" (1980)
"Greatest Hits: Vol. 2" (1980)
"Get Closer" (1982)
"We Ran" (1998-which included Waddy's featured song, "I Go To Pieces,")
"Linda Ronstadt Box Set" (1998)
"3 For One" (2000)

Sandy Salisbury: "Sandy" (2000)

David Sanborn: "Hideaway" (1979)

Sandrubies: "Return Of The Living Dead" (1998)

Adam Sandler:
"What The Hell Happened To Me" (1996)
(features "The Chanukah Song")
"What's Your Name" (1997)
"The Waterboy" (1998)

Leo Sayer:
"Leo Sayer" (1978)
"The Show Must Go On: Anthology" (1996)

Bob Segar:
"The Distance" (1990)
"The Fire Inside" (1991)

Feargal Sharkey: "Feargal Sharkey"

Glenn Shorrock: "Villain Of The Peace" (1982)

Shrieve/Beal: "Big Picture" (1989)

J.D. Souther:
"Black Rose" (1976)
"You're Only Lonely" (1979)
"Home By Dawn" (1984)

Spinal Tap: "Break Like The Wind" (1992)

Bruce Springsteen: "One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen" (1997)

Ringo Starr:
"Old Wave" (1983)
"Time Takes Time" (1992)

Stealin' Horses
"Stealin' Horses" (1988)

Van Stephenson: "Suspicious Heart" (1986)

John Stewart:
"Wingless Angels" (1973)
"Cannons In The Rain/Wingless Angels" (2000)

Rod Stewart: "Vagabond Heart" (1991)

James Taylor:
"In The Pocket" (1976), (1990)
"Flag" (1979)
"Dad Loves His Work" (1981)
"JT/Flag/Dad Loves His Work boxed set" (1995)
"Greatest Hits-Volume2,"(2000)

Hunter S. Thompson: "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" (1996)

George Thorogood: "Rockin' My Life Away" (1997)

Tito & Tarantula: "Tarantism" (1997)

Tufano & Giammerese: "The Other Side" (1977)

Dwight Twilley: "Xxi" (1996)

Bonnie Tyler: "Bitterblue" (2000)

"Various Artists:" "No Nukes" (1980)
Recorded at Madison Square Garden, September 19-23, 1979.

"Various Artists:" "Grammy Nominees" (1998)

Waddy Wachtel: "Unfinished Business"
The title seems apt-hopefully there will be more added to this cd. It's clearly an album that reflects much of Waddy's vast road experiences-there are definite flavors of the Everly Brothers beautiful harmonizing, Brian Wilson's amazing command of lyrics and cords, and also a bit of Wachtel's powerful rocking sound. Tracks include:
1-Wadraga (4:21) (Mid-eastern flavored, very contagious!)
2-Told You (3:37)
3-One More Time or Two (4:20)
4-The Offering (3:10)
5-Gone U R (3:50)
6-Crossfire (3:18)

Waddy also did a 45 (single) called "You're The One," released by Anthem, a subsidiary of Polygram, released around the same time as Buckingham Nicks.

Tom Waits: "Bone Machine" (1992)

Joe Walsh and Waddy both lived in the same area in NYC (although Joe wasn't born there)-and have known each other for a long time. Waddy has been on tour with Joe Walsh. One great Joe Walsh website has information about the Australia tour from 1985. Here is a link, complete with pictures, from that tour:

Wendy Waldman:
"The Main Refrain" (1976)
"Love Is The Only Goal: Best Of" (1996)

Joe Walsh:
"You Bought It-You Name It" (1983)
"The Confessor" (1985)
"Ordinary Average Guy" (1991)
"Greatest Hits: Little Did He Know" (1997)

Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead): "Heaven Help The Fool" (1978)

Bob Weir and Ratdog: "Evening Moods" 2000

Robbie Williams: "Escapology" (2002)

The Wilsons: "The Wilsons" (1997) - a collaboration of Carnie, Wendy and Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson:
"I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" (1995) (soundtrack)
Fans of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and Carnie & Wendy's music, will definitely want to get:

"Brian Wilson: 'I Just Wasn't Made For These Times,'" DVD (1995):
The DVD features the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson's family, with commentary from Mr. Tom Petty, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, Danny Hutton, Benmont Tench, Lindsey Buckingham-and Waddy Wachtel, playing guitar. The DVD is an amazing documentary of the life of Brian Wilson, done in B&W.

Ron Wood: "1234" (1981)
You can find Waddy playing on the song "She Never Told Me," (acoustic guitar).

Warren Zevon:
"Warren Zevon" (1976)
"Excitable Boy" (1978)
"Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School" (1980)
"The Envoy" (1982)
"Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon" (1986)
"Sentimental Hygiene" (1987)
"Learning To Flinch" (1993)
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead-An Anthology" (1996) (Includes the song "Reconsider Me")
"Transverse City" (1989)
"Mr. Bad Example" (1991)

Waddy wrote several songs with Warren Zevon-among them are: "Nighttime In The Switching Yard," and "Werewolves Of London." On Warren's "Cry Baby" album Waddy co-wrote "Doin' Time For Bein' Young." Zevon & Wachtel can also be spotted in the credits of "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead."

The song "Werewolves Of London," from Warren Zevon's Excitable Boyalbum, also includes familiar desperados John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. (In fact, look for Mick, John, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's appearances on The Best Of Warren Zevon.) Warren and Waddy have been friends since the early days of their careers. The following discussion about "Werewolves Of London" is excerpted from Steve Roeser's terrific Goldmine interview with Warren Zevon:

Goldmine: You all contributed to the lyrics?

Warren Zevon: Yeah, passing a line from each of us around. I remember certain lines and whose they are. I think most of the first verse was entirely Waddy. I thought it was pretty remarkable that he spontaneously delivered himself of this sort of Paul Simon-esque verse. No sooner had we told him we were "doing the Werewolves of London," than he said, "I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand/Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain."

Waddy Wachtel, 12/01
Arizona Heart Institute Benefit
Photo © blackcat
Goldmine: When you did the track with Waddy and Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, how many takes did you do?

Warren Zevon: Well, that [recorded track] was the last of several different ensembles that played it. And I don't remember how many we did, but I remember that Waddy said, "I think we're done." And Mick stood up and said, "We are never done!" But we played it before. We'd recorded it with different groups. And I remember the Jorge Calderon said, "I think you need a real band. Not like 'cats,' but a band." And I said, "Really? You mean like Buddy Rich?" [laughs] I remember that. And Jorge said, "No, I was thinking more like Fleetwood Mac. Let me call them." [laughs]

Goldmine: So, you were tight with all the Fleetwood Mac people?

Warren Zevon: No, I didn't know the other guys. We all knew Lindsey and Stevie. They were kind of in the Waddy circle. I had done a whole tour with Lindsey, too, a Don Everly solo tour.
(Roeser, Steve: Goldmine, August 18, 1995, Vol. 21, #17, Issue 393, "Warren Zevon: Left Jabs And Roundhouse Rights," (pages 16-24, 28-38, 80)

Warren Zevon wrote the beautiful song "Reconsider Me," that appears on Stevie Nick's Enchanted Boxed Set. In fact, Warren also did a single of "Reconsider Me" with several members of the his band (Warren's version: Roy Bittan, Mike Campbell, Craig Krampf, Tony Levin, Benmont Tench and Waddy Wachtel)-and with Don Henley singing backing vocals- appearing on Stevie Nicks'cover of the song.

Waddy as Producer (just a few listed here):

The Church:
"Gold Afternoon Fix"
"Under The Milky Way: The Best Of Church"

Brian Ferry: "The Bride Stripped Bare"

Keith Richards:
"Wicked As It Seems" (1994)
"Main Offender" (1992) (co-producer)

Various Artists: "Living In Oblivion, Vol.4"

Warren Zevon:
"Mr. Bad Example"
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
"Best Of-Quiet Normal Life"

Jackson Browne: "I'm Alive"

"The Color Of Money" soundtrack (1986)

Cheech and Chong: "Up In Smoke"

Waddy's music appears on these motion pictures:
"Up In Smoke" soundtrack (1990)
"Crybaby" soundtrack (1990)
"Better Off Dead" soundtrack (1991)
"Grand Canyon" soundtrack (1992)
"The Big Picture" soundtrack (1992) "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead" (1995)
"The Associate" soundtrack (1996)
"The Waterboy" soundtrack (1998)
(includes a song that Waddy co-wrote with Joe Walsh, called "New Year's Eve.")
"Happy Texas" soundtrack (1999)
"Hurlyburly" (1999)
Waddy As Musical Director and Arranger:
Adam Sandler: What The Hell Happened To Me

*Notes: Look for Jimmy Wachtel's work on these albums:

Karla Bonoff: "Wild Heart Of The Young"

Jackson Browne: "World In Motion," "Lives In The Balance," "Lawyers In Love," "Running On Empty"

Crosby, Stills & Nash: "Daylight Again," Live It Up"

Bob Dylan: "Good As I Been To You"

John Cougar Mellencamp: "Nothing Matters & What If It"

Louise Goffin: "Louise Goffin"

The Hollies: "What Goes Around (Bonus Track)"

David Lindley: "El Rayo-X," "Win This Record"

Stevie Nicks: "TimeSpace-the best of Stevie Nicks"

REO Speedwagon: "Ridin' The Storm Out"

J.D. Souther: "Black Rose," "You're Only Lonely"

Survivor: "When Seconds Count,"

Joe Walsh: "But Seriously Folks," "So What," "Barn Storm"

Warren Zevon: "Excitable Boy," "Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School," "Stand In The Fire"

And ironicly:
The Cowsills: "II x II"

Some links for those that wish to read on:

A fan's page:
This cool fan site has pictures of Waddy's early bandmates, "The Orphans"-and features Waddy in his short hair days.

Waddy Wachtel Articles on the Penguin:

Basch, Marty: Modern Recording & Music, November 1980, Vol. 6, No. 2, "Rick Marotta & Waddy Wachtel of Ronin," pages 54-58.

Bosso, Joseph: Guitar World, December 1988, Vol. 9, No. 11, "Kicking It Out With Keef: Waddy Wachtel on Talk Is Cheap", pages 68-69.

Fishell, Steve: Guitar Player, October 1979, Vol. 13, No. 10, "Waddy Wachtel, Rock Sideman, Pop Producer, Touring Guitarist", pages 20-28.

Kutina, Scott E.: International Musician and Recording World, February 1981, Volume 3, Number 2, "Waddy Wachtel," pages 30-32.

Simons, David: Musician, April 1999, Issue No. 245, "Sideman: Waddy Wachtel," page 14.

And one of my favorite sources of information:
Coombs, Patricia: Waddy And His Brother, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co, Inc., NY, 1963.

Thank you very much to Annie and Waddy Wachtel, for both taking the time to talk with me and for being willing to share so much with The Penguin. I am so grateful for the gift of your time in working on this project, and I know that comes at a premium most days! Thank you, Waddy, for giving us fans a glimpse behind the curtain of some of our favorite musicians. You are definitely one of the coolest cats I have ever met! :o)

Thank you to Ralph Hulett and Kitten (from Purple Moon Design) for providing most of the wonderful pictures. (These pictures were used solely with their permission.) Thank you to the many writers that have written articles about Waddy Wachtel so that we might finally get to know a bit about the man behind the music. Thank you to the family and "Friends of Waddy"- especially Stevie Nicks. Thank you to my good friend Calamity for patiently teaching me a whole lot of HTML over the years, for reading through my ramblings and bringing out the red ink pen as needed. And thank you to Regina for bringing your expertise to the final version.

Checking out The Penguin for the first time? Be sure to pick up a copy of Fleetwood Mac's The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac! It will be included on the final exam. And-- hey, it's computer enhanced. ;o)

Thank you to the creator of this fine website, Martin Adelson, for giving me this assignment-never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the adventure this has been!

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