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Spooner Oldham
Background information
Birth name Dewey Lindon Oldham, Jr.
Born 14 June 1943 (1943-06-14) (age 66) in Center Star, Alabama
Occupations Songwriter, Session musician
Instruments Organ, piano, keyboards
Years active 1960s-present
Associated acts FAME Studios, Dan Penn

Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham (born June 14, 1943)[1] is an American songwriter and session musician. An organist, he recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and at FAME Studios on such hit R&B songs as "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett and "I Never Loved a Man" by Aretha Franklin.

As a songwriter, Spooner Oldham teamed with Dan Penn to write such hits as The Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby", "I'm Your Puppet", "A Woman Left Lonely" and "It Tears Me Up".

A native of Center Star, Alabama, Oldham started out playing piano in bands during high school. He then attended classes at the University of North Alabama but turned instead to playing at FAME Studios. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1967 and teamed up with Penn at Chips Moman's American Studios.

Oldham later moved to Los Angeles and has continued to be a sought-after backing musician, recording and performing with such artists as Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, J. J. Cale and Frank Black.

A frequent backing musician for Neil Young, Oldham appears in the concert film, Neil Young: Heart of Gold and backed up Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour.

As of 2007, Oldham was touring with the rock/alt country band, Drive-By Truckers on their "The Dirt Underneath" Tour.

In 2008 Oldham played on Last Days at the Lodge, the third album released by folk/soul singer Amos Lee.

On Jan. 14, 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it will induct Oldham as a sideman on April 4.

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