Musician Steve Douglas Dies, Played with Beach Boys, Phil Spector
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Saxophone player Steve Douglas, who played with performers ranging from Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, collapsed and died during a recording session. He was 55.
Douglas died of heart failure Monday at a Hollywood recording studio, his friend and fellow musician Don Randi said Wednesday.
″He was doing a session with Ry Cooder and he got there early to do a sound check,″ said Randi. ″He put his head down on his arms and said he wasn’t feeling well, then he collapsed.″
Douglas, whose real name was Steven Kreisman, was one of Spector’s ″Phil’s Regulars″ that included percussionist Sonny Bono, guitarist Glen Campbell and keyboardist Leon Russell.
He played the blues with Duane Eddy and the Rebels at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater in 1958, and with Elvis Presley on the set of the early 1960s movie ″Girls, Girls, Girls 3/8″
His first job as a saxophonist was with his high school friend Spector. He also played sax solos on Beach Boys and Jan & Dean albums, and he toured with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton,
Over the years, he played with Cooke, B.B. King, Sinatra, Streisand and Stevie Wonder, and he worked on the soundtracks for such movies as ″Fast Times at Ridgemont High″ and ″One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.″
Douglas lived in the Northern California community of Petaluma with his wife. He also leaves his mother, a daughter and a sister.