Barry Beckett Passes Away

17th June 2009.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Beckett, one of the core musicians in The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Fans of Traffic will know that Barry, together with David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Jimmy Johnson played on many of the soul hits that came out of the American deep south in the 60's and 70's in particular for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and Etta James amongst many others. And of course with Jim Capaldi for his ‘Oh how we danced' album and Traffic on ‘Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory' and the ‘Traffic on the Road' albums as well as touring as part of Traffic at that time (1972/1973).

-From the Coloured Rain E-Zine