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List of famous session musicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top session musicians in the world? This includes the most prominent session musicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable session musicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic session musicians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned session musicians.

Items include everything from Willie Nelson to Josh Freese.

From reputable, prominent, and well known session musicians to the lesser known session musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the session musician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous session musicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous session musicians?" then you're in the right place. (204 items)
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his ...more

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Phil Spector is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous 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 of them for artists such as the Ronettes and the Crystals. Following collaborations with John Lennon, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, Dion DiMucci, and the Ramones in the 1970s, Spector remained largely inactive. In the 2000s, he became infamous as the subject of two trials for murder and a second-degree conviction. Spector is often called the first auteur among musical artists for acting not ...more

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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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

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Nicky Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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

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