Wrecking Crew guitarist Bill Pitman dies aged 102

Herb Alpert and Bill Pitman in the studio
Herb Alpert (L) and Bill Pitman (R) take a break in the studio (Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer / Getty)

LA session legend and ‘Wrecking Crew’ guitarist Bill Pitman has passed away aged 102. Among his most famous work was The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, The Ronnettes’ Be My Baby, The Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man and playing ukulele on B.J. Thomas’ Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.

Pitman is widely agreed to have been a core part of the rotating group of ‘first call’ L.A.-based studio players that became known colloquially as the Wrecking Crew, or The Clique, during the ‘60s and ’70s. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.