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Session musicians, studio musicians, or backing musicians are musicians hired to perform in
Many session musicians specialize in playing common instruments such as
Session musicians are used when musical skills are needed on a short-term basis. Typically session musicians are used by recording studios to provide
During the 1950s and 1960s, session players were usually active in local recording scenes concentrated in places such as
At the time, multi-tracking equipment, though common, was less elaborate, and instrumental backing tracks were often recorded "hot" with an ensemble playing live in the studio. Musicians had to be available "on call" when producers needed a part to fill a last-minute time slot. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was considered the top recording destination in the United States — consequently studios were constantly booked around the clock, and session time was highly sought after and expensive. Songs had to be recorded quickly in the fewest possible takes. In this environment, Los Angeles producers and record executives had little patience for needless expense or wasted time and depended on the service of reliable standby musicians who could be counted on to record in a variety of styles with minimal practice or takes, and deliver hits on short order.
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