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List of famous male session musicians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male session musicians list contains the most prominent and top males known for being session musicians. There are thousand of males working as session musicians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic session musicians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a session musician then the people below should give you inspiration.

Bobby Graham and Gackt are included in this list.

While this isn't a list of all male session musicians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male session musicians?" and "Who are the best male session musicians?"
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Session Musicians
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Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in ...more

Age: 83

Birthplace: Abbott, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Poet, Record producer, Television producer, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, Shrek, Wag the Dog, Brokeback Mountain

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Phil Spector is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Session Musicians
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Phillip Harvey Spector is an American record producer, songwriter, and the originator of the Wall of Sound production method. At the height of his career, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl-group sound, and produced more than twenty-five Top 40 hits from 1960 to 1965, writing or co-writing many ...more

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Session musician

Credits: Goodfellas, Dirty Dancing, Gremlins, Full Metal Jacket

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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Session Musicians
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Ricky Lee Skaggs is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo. ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Cordell, Kentucky, United States of America

Profession: Mandolinist, Arranger, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, + more

Credits: Next of Kin, The Cat in the Hat, Raw Deal, The Beverly Hillbillies

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#74 on The Top Country Artists of All Time

#16 on The Best Banjo Players in the World

#5 on The Best Mandolinists in the World

#5 on The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Nicky Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Session Musicians
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Nicholas Christian "Nicky" Hopkins was an English pianist and organist. Hopkins recorded and performed on many notable British and American pop and rock music releases from the 1960s through the 1990s including many Rolling Stones songs. ...more

Age: Died at 50 (1944-1994)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Session musician, Keyboard player

Credits: Last Song

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