Oral History Information
Waddy Wachtel is the noted studio musician and songwriter who can be heard on hit records with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, among others. He collaborated with Warren Zevon to write “Werewolves of London” and “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.” Waddy grew up in New York and has fond memories of visiting Manny’s Music as well as other retailers and dreaming of owning high-end guitars. As his career got under way he purchased an early Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster, both of which he uses to this day. In 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, Waddy connected with session icons and friends Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Danny Kortchmar and Steve Postell to form the rock band The Immediate Family. The group recorded virtually and then toured Japan as soon as it was possible after the pandemic.