Last updated on 27 September 2017
Merlyn Ray Pohlman (July 22, 1930 – November 1, 1990) was an American session musician and arranger who played both upright bass and bass guitar, and also did sessions as a guitarist. He is credited with being the first electric bass player in Los Angeles studios in the 1950s.
Pohlman was a member of The Wrecking Crew, who recorded with Phil Spector and The Beach Boys. He was the musical director of the house band, "The Shindogs", on the 1960s television show Shindig!
Fellow session bassist Carol Kaye wrote of him, "Ray Pohlman in the early '80s became the rhythm guitarist for Frankie Capp’s great jazz band, Juggernaut."
Pohlman died of heart failure at the age of 60.
Artists with whom Pohlman recorded
With The Beach Boys
With Sam Cooke
With The Ronettes
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