- Once Upon A Revolution session musicianbut also released his own records and scored three Billboard Hot hits in the United States. His contribution to the rockabilly genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
His father played the guitar and tried to teach six-year-old Casey to play, but when he realized his son's fingers were too small, he gave him a ukulele instead. At the age of eight, Casey switched to the steel guitar and began taking formal music lessons. By the time he was 14, he was playing the steel guitar for various clubs in Phoenix, and in his later teens he performed five to six Al Casey - The Stinger / Keep Talking a week.
When Casey was 20 he became serious about playing a traditional guitar. Casey suggested his schoolmate and friend Sanford Clark for the lead vocals. Casey played guitar for the recording and suggested a guitar riff which he had taken from Howlin' Wolf's song "Smokestack Lightnin". It also put the Phoenix music scene in the national spotlight. Casey was also part of the backup for other Eddy recordings, playing bass, piano, and rhythm guitar.
Casey wrote one of Eddy's earliest hits, " Ramrod "and when Eddy performed the song on American Bandstand he was flooded with requests for the single. In the early s, Casey began working with his own ensemble, the Al Casey Combo. With this group he scored three instrumental hits: "Cookin" U. Drummer Hal Blaine and organist Leon Russell played on many of these recordings; the backup vocal group, named the K-C-Ettes, were in fact the Blossoms.
Casey recorded many of his albums with Stacy Records, which folded in InCasey moved to Los Angeles and became part of the group of session musicians which became known as the Wrecking Crew.
He worked with this group for 18 years playing a variety of music styles including jazz, country, rock, and pop. In he moved back to Phoenix where Airstrip 1* - Longer To Live taught guitar lessons at Ziggie's Music and performed for occasional shows.
He was a featured guitarist on the Exotic Guitars series of albums on the Ranwood Records label. Casey died on September 17,in Phoenix, Arizona. InCasey, along with many of his fellow studio musicians, was featured in the documentary film The Wrecking Crew. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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