Grammy winning Elvis Presley collaborator dies

Larry Knechtel worked with The Byrds and The Mamas and the Papas

Keyboardist Larry Knechtel has passed away aged 69.

The musician recorded and performed with the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and The Doors over his lengthy music career.

His death from an apparent heart attack on August 20 has been confirmed by the Valley Hills Funeral Home in Yakima, Washington, reports BBC News.

Knechtel won a Grammy in 1970 for his arrangement of Simon And Garfunkel‘s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, and was instrumental in helping create Phil Spector‘s “Wall of Sound”.

Knechtel also played on the Dixie Chicks‘ 2006 album ‘Taking The Long Way’.