Barney Kessel Day
October 17, 1923 – May 6, 2004
Gypsy in my Soul
Guitarist Barney Kessel was born on October 17, 1923 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
He was a popular figure in the 1950s West Coast scene, leading a number of classic sessions for the Contemporary record label.
Kessel was a member of the “Wrecking Crew,” a group of top-tier 1960s session musicians that appeared on everything from TV jingles to Pet Sounds.
Throughout the ’50s Playboy and Esquire magazines constantly rated him as the top guitarist playing.
And fellow musicians — such as The Beach Boys and many others — knew it, too, growing to rely on his session work for their hot-selling albums.