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Passings: Session Guitarist Hugh McCracken (1952 - 2013)

Hugh McCracken, a highly in demand session guitarist over the last 40 years, has lost his battle with Leukemia. He died last Thursday at the age of 60.

McCracken was one of the most sought after session guys on the planet, playing on Paul McCartney's Ram and Wings' Red Rose Speedway, John Lennon's Double Fantasy, Aretha Franklin's Young, Gifted and Black, Marie Gabrielle's Restless Angel, Peter Allen's Tenterfield Saddle, Bette Midler’s debut, Hall & Oates' Abandoned Luncheonette, Van Morrison's T.B. Sheets, Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Steely Dan's Katy Lied, Billy Joel's The Stranger as well as other albums for Carly Simon, Foreigner, B.B. King, Roberta Flack, Neil Diamond, Yoko Ono, Graham Parker, Gordon Lightfoot, Janis Ian and Dr John.

Hugh McCracken co-produced the 2005 Marie Gabrielle album Restless Angel. “I am devastated beyond words at the departure of my dearest friend, hero, mentor and angel…Hugh McCracken RIP my friend….I Looooooooooovvvvvveeee uuuuuuuu,” she posted on Facebook.

Carole King posted, “So sad to lose Hugh McCracken. Deepest condolences to friends and family of this great New York cat”.