The New York Occasions confirmed Pitman died Thursday at his house in La Quinta, California. Whereas no reason behind demise was revealed, the musician not too long ago fractured his backbone in a fall, and spent the final month of his life recovering from that accident.
As a member of the elite Wrecking Crew, Pitman was deployed on albums by artists like Sam Cooke, Nancy Sinatra, the Monkees, James Brown, and the Seaside Boys. For the latter, Pitman performed on At the moment! and Summer season Days (And Summer season Nights!); for Pet Sounds, Pitman contributed the acoustic guitar on that basic LP’s opener “Wouldn’t It Be Good.”
The Wrecking Crew additionally helped producer Phil Spector carry his Wall of Sound to life, with Pitman enjoying on A Christmas Reward to You From Phil Spector. Since the Wrecking Crew labored largely anonymously and interchangeably within the Sixties, it’s troublesome to pinpoint which session musician contributed to what music. Nevertheless, Pitman is credited with enjoying the ukulele on B.J. Thomas’ Oscar-winning 1969 single “Raindrops Maintain Fallin’ on My Head.”
In 2009, Pitman appeared in a documentary concerning the Wrecking Crew. “Throughout one yr, Pitman logged an astonishing 425 recording periods, a lot of which resulted in a number of sides,” a Fb web page related to the movie stated in 2016. “Regardless of his contributions to chart-topping information by the Mamas & the Papas, the Everly Brothers, and Jan & Dean, Pitman discovered the rock music he was requested to play unmemorable; expressing real shock when a number of the tunes grew to become wildly profitable. Producers jokingly claimed that if Pitman thought a document was horrible, then they most likely had successful on their palms.”
Following his tenure within the Wrecking Crew, Pitman remained an in-demand session musician, working extensively on scores for movie and tv. In line with the New York Occasions, Pitman’s work — each as a musician and composer — might be heard on TV sequence like Inexperienced Acres, Star Trek and the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, in addition to in films like Quick Occasions at Ridgemont Excessive, Soiled Dancing and Goodfellas.