Jerry Scheff

born in 1941

Jerry Scheff

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Jerry Scheff

Jerry Obern Scheff (born January 31, 1941) is an American bassist, best known for his work with Elvis Presley in the 1970s as a member of his TCB Band and his work on The Doors' final recordings.

Scheff grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. After serving in the U.S. Navy he returned to California, ending up in Los Angeles as a session musician. After working at the Sands night club in Los Angeles with 16 year old Billy Preston, Merry Clayton, and Don "Sugarcane" Harris, he played on his first hit record, The Association's "Along Comes Mary" (1966). That success led to other early record appearances with Bobby Sherman, Johnny Mathis, Johnny Rivers, Neil Diamond, Nancy Sinatra, Pat Boone, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Vinton, The Everly Brothers, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1971, he appeared on L.A. Woman, the final album recorded by The Doors with Jim Morrison.[1]

In July 1969, Scheff became a member of Elvis Presley's touring TCB Band. With the band, he performed in concert with Presley from August 1969 to June 1973 and from April 1975 until Presley's final show on June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He appears on Aloha from Hawaii (Elvis' 1973 live television concert), "Back In Memphis", That's The Way It Is, Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden, the documentary movie from 1972 Elvis On Tour, and Moody Blue, among others.

In later years, Scheff worked with Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Elvis Costello, The Doors, Sam Phillips, Richard Thompson, and many other artists. Scheff also was a bassist for Southern Pacificon their debut album. He also participated in the 1987 cable television concert Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. In June 2009 he gave a sold out performance in Breda, Netherlands with the remaining TCB bandmembers. Scheff has stopped touring with the TCB band due to creative and cultural differences.

Scheff has two sons: Jason and Darin Scheff. Jason has been the bassist for the band Chicago since 1985. He co-wrote the song "Bigger Than Elvis" as a tribute to his father, featuring himself on vocals and Jerry on the bass guitar.

Scheff wrote the 2012 musical autobiography titled Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, the Doors, and More: The Autobiography of Jerry Scheff.[2]


Year Title Group Instrument
2012 Come to Me/Well Kept Secret/Take Heart Juice Newton Bass
2012 The Complete Columbia Album Collection Johnny Cash Bass
2012 The RCA Albums Collection John Denver Arranger, Bass, Rhythm Arrangements
2011 A Collection The Doors Bass
2011 Antelope Freeway/Equinox Express Elevator Howard Roberts Bass (Electric)
2011 Runt + Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Bass
2011 Setlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live Elvis Presley Bass
2010 The Drugstore's Rockin' Pat Boone Bass
2009 Elvis 75 Elvis Presley Bass
2009 I Believe: The Gospel Masters Elvis Presley Saxophone
2009 The End: A New Beginning Krondes, John Bass
2009 Walking on a Wire: 1968-2009 Richard Thompson Bass, Bass (Electric), Double Bass, String Bass
2009 Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 Bass, Personnel
2008 Paisley Dreams Tommy Roe Bass, Musician
2008 Southbound/Fearless Hoyt Axton Bass, Bass Instrument, Featured Artist, Tuba
2008 Speechless/Gagged But Not Bound Albert Lee Bass (Acoustic)
2008 Stone of Sisyphus: XXXII Chicago Bass, Guest Artist
2008 The Best of the Box Roy Orbison Bass, Main Personnel
2008 The Soul Of Rock 'n' Roll Roy Orbison Bass, Bass Instrument, Main Personnel
2007 Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Bass
2007 Four Decades of Folk Rock Bass
2007 Pilgrims Progress Mark Levine Bass
2007 The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years Elvis Costello String Bass
2006 Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert Elvis Presley Musician
2006 Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert [DVD] Elvis Presley Musician
2006 Hollywood Maverick: The Gary Paxton Story Bass
2006 Live in Los Angeles at PJ's Club Barney Kessel Bass, Group Member
2006 Other Voices/Full Circle The Doors Bass
2006 Perception The Doors Additional Personnel, Bass, Bass Instrument
2006 Southern Nights Elvis Presley Bass
2006 Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective [Box Set] Bass, Bass (Electric)
2006 The Essential Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Bass
2006 Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Bass, Bass Instrument, Main Personnel, Percussion, String Bass
2005 Crowded House/Temple of Low Men Crowded House Bass
2005 Live from Las Vegas Elvis Presley Bass, Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
2005 RetroSpecto Eliza Gilkyson Bass
2004 Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite [DVD Deluxe Edition] Elvis Presley Bass
2004 Bakersfield Rebels Bass
2004 Beach Party: Garpax Surf 'N' Drag Bass
2004 Boy Trouble: Garpax Girls Bass
2004 Impossible Dream Elvis Presley Musician
2004 Olympia 2003 Frank Michael Bass, Group Member
2004 Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile? Peter Case Bass (Electric)
2003 Bob Dylan [Limited Edition Hybrid SACD Set] Bob Dylan Guitar (Bass)
2003 Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] Chicago Bass
2003 Do Unto Others Sandy Salisbury Bass
2003 Elvis at the International Elvis Presley Bass
2003 Elvis: Close Up Elvis Presley Accompaniment, Bass
2003 L.A. Woman/Morrison Hotel/The Doors The Doors Bass
2003 Legacy: The Absolute Best The Doors Bass
2003 Many Are the Times Lee Mallory Bass
2003 Southern Pacific/Zuma Southern Pacific Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright), Vocals (Background)
2003 The First Sessions Warren Zevon Bass
2003 Tuff and Stringy Sessions 1966-68 Clarence White Bass
2002 Anything Anytime Anywhere (Singles 1979-2002) Bruce Cockburn Bass
2002 Chambergrass: A Decade of Tunes From the Edges of Bluegrass Berline + Crary + Hickman Bass
2002 Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology [Rhino] The Association Bass
2002 Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology [WEA] The Association Bass
2002 Louisiana Rain Gib Guilbeau Bass
2002 Sometimes Happy Times Dotti Holmberg Guitar (Bass)
2002 Songs Inspired by Literature: Chapter One The Sibl Project Primary Artist
2002 That's the Way It's Gonna Be Lee Mallory Bass
2002 The Definitive Monkees The Monkees String Bass
2002 Voices of the Millennium The Millennium Bass
2001 Action Packed: The Best of the Capitol Years Richard Thompson Bass
2001 Blue Suede Shoes Collection Elvis Presley Bass
2001 Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection Mink DeVille Bass
2001 Live In Las Vegas Elvis Presley Bass
2000 Christmas with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and John Denver Bass
2000 Elvis Rockabilly Elvis Presley Bass (Electric)
2000 Loose Ends Larry John McNally Bass
2000 Misty Mirage Curt Boettcher Bass
2000 Sandy Sandy Salisbury Bass
2000 Sing Australia (In Concert) John Denver Bass
2000 The Best of Rosie & the Originals Rosie & the Originals Bass
1999 A Hundred Lies Malcolm Holcombe Bass, Bass (Upright)
1999 Artist of the Century Elvis Presley Bass
1999 Christmas John Denver Bass
1999 Concert 1999 World Tour Elvis Presley Bass
1999 Shake, Rattle & Roll [MCA] [Original TV Soundtrack] Bass
1999 Slim Slo Slider/Home Grown Johnny Rivers Bass
1999 The Collection [RCA] Elvis Presley Bass
1999 The Complete Studio Recordings The Doors Bass
1998 A Touch of Platinum, Vol. 2 Elvis Presley Unknown Contributor Role
1998 Anthology The Monkees String Bass
1998 Enchanted: The Works of Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks Bass
1998 Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman Randy Newman Bass
1998 Like a Hurricane Chris Hillman Bass
1998 North American Long Weekend Tom Freund Bass
1998 Slide Lisa Germano Bass, Unknown Contributor Role
1998 Somewhere in the Middle Eric Martin Bass
1997 24 Karat Hits! Elvis Presley Unknown Contributor Role
1997 A Heavy Dose of Lyte Psych Unknown Contributor Role
1997 An Afternoon in the Garden Elvis Presley Bass
1997 Decade, 1988-1998 Jackopierce Bass
1997 Elvis: The Fool Album Elvis Presley Bass
1997 Extreme Honey: The Very Best of Warner Brothers Years Elvis Costello 6-String Bass, Bass, Bass (Upright), Double Bass, Fuzz Guitar, Tuba
1997 Just a Singer/A Cowboy Afraid of Horses Lobo Bass, Musician
1997 Lay Me Down Nancy Bryan String Bass
1997 Platinum: A Life in Music Elvis Presley Unknown Contributor Role
1997 The Very Best of Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Bass
1997 Vanguard Collector's Edition Bass (Electric)
1996 Braver Newer World Jimmie Dale Gilmore Bass
1996 Greatest Hits [#1] The Doors Bass
1996 Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop) Sam Phillips Bass
1996 XXI Dwight Twilley Bass
1996 you? me? us? Richard Thompson Bass (Electric)
1995 Earth Songs John Denver Bass
1995 For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson Bass
1995 Greatest Hits [Rhino] The Monkees Bass, String Bass
1995 Kojak Variety Elvis Costello Ampeg Baby Bass, Bass, Bass (Electric),
Guitar (Bass), Hammond B3,
Main Personnel, Piano
1995 Ron Sexsmith Ron Sexsmith Bass
1995 Solo Collection Glenn Frey Bass
1995 Sweetwater Elvis Costello Unknown Contributor Role
1995 Torn Again Peter Case Bass
1995 Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Bass
1995 Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters Elvis Presley Bass
1994 Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson Bass
1994 Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 Bob Dylan Bass
1994 Bringing on the Weather Jackopierce Bass
1994 Dart to the Heart Bruce Cockburn Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
1994 Greatest Hits [Curb] Tommy Roe Bass
1994 Heartaches & Harmonies [Box Set] The Everly Brothers Bass
1994 Martinis & Bikinis Sam Phillips Musician, Unknown Contributor Role
1994 Mirror Blue Richard Thompson Bass, Double Bass
1994 The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions Elvis Costello Double Bass, Fuzz Bass, String Bass
1994 Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1 Bass
1994 Weapons of the Spirit Marvin Bass, Vox Organ
1993 Spinout/Double Trouble Elvis Presley Bass
1993 Take a Step over Dan Crary Bass, Bass Instrument
1993 Through the Looking Glass Eliza Gilkyson Bass
1993 Watching the Dark Richard Thompson Bass, Performer, Primary Artist
1993 Way Down Deep in My Soul: The Best of Sugar Hill Gospel, Vol. 2 Bass
1992 99.9 F° Suzanne Vega Bass
1992 Strange Weather Glenn Frey Bass
1992 The Criminal Under My Own Hat T-Bone Burnett Bass
1992 The Radical Light Vonda Shepard Bass
1991 Arkansas Traveler Michelle Shocked Bass
1991 Cruel Inventions Sam Phillips Bass
1991 Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead Bass, Bass (Electric)
1991 Greatest Hits Southern Pacific Guitar (Bass)
1991 Listen to the Band The Monkees Unknown Contributor Role
1991 Mighty Like a Rose Elvis Costello 6-String Bass, Bass, Bass (Electric),
Bass (Upright), Fuzz Bass,
Guitar (Electric), Tuba
1991 Rumor and Sigh Richard Thompson Bass
1990 Christmas Like a Lullaby John Denver Arranger, Bass, Main Personnel
1990 Flower That Shattered the Stone John Denver Bass
1990 The Best of Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie Bass
1990 The Best of Tommy Roe Tommy Roe Bass (Electric)
1989 A Black and White Night Live Roy Orbison Bass
1989 Great Balls of Fire Bass
1989 Maria McKee Maria McKee Bass
1989 Mystery Girl Roy Orbison Bass, String Bass
1989 Spike Elvis Costello Bass, Bass (Electric), Double Bass, Fuzz Bass
1989 The Man with the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar Peter Case Bass, Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright), Guitar (Bass)
1988 A Black and White Night Live [Video] Roy Orbison Bass
1988 Amnesia Richard Thompson Bass
1988 Gagged But Not Bound Albert Lee Bass
1988 Pat McLaughlin Pat McLaughlin Bass
1988 Salty Tears Semi-Twang Bass
1988 The Alternate Aloha Elvis Presley Guest Artist
1988 The Indescribable Wow Sam Phillips Bass
1988 Twice the Love George Benson Composer
1987 Columbia Records 1958-1986 Johnny Cash Bass
1987 Delgado Brothers The Delgado Brothers Bass
1987 Out of Our Idiot Elvis Costello Bass
1987 Stand Up The Del Fuegos Composer
1987 The High Lonesome Sound Tim Scott Bass
1987 The Talking Animals T-Bone Burnett Bass, Guest Artist, Musician
1987 The Turning Sam Phillips Bass
1986 Crowded House Crowded House Bass
1986 Daring Adventures Richard Thompson Bass, Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright),
Guest Artist, Main Personnel,
String Bass
1986 King of America Elvis Costello Bass, Bass (Electric), Double Bass,
Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel,
String Bass
1986 One World John Denver Arranger, Bass
1986 Peter Case Peter Case Unknown Contributor Role
1986 T Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Bass, String Bass
1986 Wild Dogs Dwight Twilley Bass
1985 Dreamland Express John Denver Arranger, Bass
1985 Ever Call Ready Ever Call Ready Bass, Bass (Vocal), Member of Attributed Artist,
Primary Artist, Vocals
1985 Southern Pacific Southern Pacific Bass, Vocals
1984 Desert Rose Chris Hillman Bass, Bass (Acoustic), Guitar (Acoustic),
Guitar (Electric), Main Personnel
1984 Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 John Denver Bass
1984 Slamdance Bass
1983 Alive, She Cried The Doors Bass
1983 It's About Time John Denver Arranger, Bass
1983 Johnny 99 Johnny Cash Drums
1982 Morrison Hotel/L.A. Woman The Doors Bass
1982 Seasons of the Heart John Denver Arranger, Bass
1980 Le Chat Bleu Mink DeVille Bass
1978 An American Prayer Jim Morrison Bass
1978 Demis Roussos [Mercury] Demis Roussos Bass
1978 Ever Call Ready Chris Hillman Bass, Primary Artist, Vocals
1978 Oh! Brother Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band Bass
1978 Randy Richards Randy Richards Bass
1978 Street Legal Bob Dylan Bass, Guitar (Bass)
1978 T.N.T. Tanya Tucker Bass
1978 Well Kept Secret Juice Newton Bass
1977 Broken Blossom Bette Midler Bass, Guitar (Bass)
1977 Road Songs Hoyt Axton Bass
1977 Spirit of a Woman American Flyer Bass, Unknown Contributor Role
1977 The Other Side Tufano & Giammarese Band Bass
1976 Fearless Hoyt Axton Bass
1976 Photograph Melanie Bass
1975 A Cowboy Afraid of Horses Lobo Bass
1975 Ain't It Good to Have It All Jim & Ginger Guitar (Bass)
1975 Paxton Brothers Paxton Brothers Bass
1975 Valdy Valdy Bass
1974 The Golden Scarab Ray Manzarek Bass
1973 Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite Elvis Presley Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
1973 Buckingham Nicks Buckingham Nicks Bass
1973 Dylan [1973] Bob Dylan Bass
1973 Great Scott Tom Scott Bass
1973 Letters to My Head Mike Deasy Bass
1973 Lookin' for a Smile Gladstone Bass
1972 As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Elvis Presley Bass
1972 Benny Benny Hester Bass
1972 Equinox Express Elevator Howard Roberts Bass
1972 Gladstone Gladstone Bass
1972 Through the Eyes of a Horn Jim Horn Bass
1972 Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine The Doors Bass
1971 America's Sweetheart Sandy Szigeti Bass
1971 Helen Reddy [Capitol] Helen Reddy Guitar (Bass)
1971 Home Grown Johnny Rivers Bass
1971 L.A. Woman The Doors Additional Personnel,
Bass, Bass Instrument
1971 Minnows Marc Benno Bass
1971 Other Voices The Doors Bass
1971 Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren Bass
1971 Sunstorm John Stewart Bass
1970 Ananda Shankar Ananda Shankar Bass, Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
1970 Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Elvis Presley Bass
1970 Marc Benno Marc Benno Bass
1970 On Stage Elvis Presley Bass, Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
1970 Slim Slo Slider Johnny Rivers Bass
1970 That's the Way It Is Elvis Presley Bass
1970 To Bonnie from Delaney Delaney & Bonnie Bass
196? Mother Hen Mother Hen Bass
1969 Goodnight Everybody Mary McCaslin Bass
1969 Inner Dialogue Inner Dialogue Group Member
1969 Nancy Nancy Sinatra Guitar (Bass)
1969 Running Down the Road Arlo Guthrie Bass, Unknown Contributor Role
1969 The Moonstone Tommy Flanders Bass, Musician
1968 Head The Monkees Bass
1968 Sounds of Goodbye Gosdin Brothers Bass
1968 The Holy Mackerel The Holy Mackerel Bass
1967 Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar Friar Tuck and His Psychedelic Guitar Bass
1967 Here's to You Hamilton Camp Bass, Tuba
1967 It's Now Winters Day Tommy Roe Bass
1967 Phantasy Tommy Roe Musician
1965 On Fire Barney Kessel Bass
1964 The Daily Trip Your Gang Bass
1964 The New Mustang & Other Hot Rod Hits Road Runners Bass
Dan Cassidy Dan Cassidy Bass
Delivers One More Hallelujah John Hurley Bass, Guitar (Bass)
Freeway Gypsy Lynne Hughes Guitar (Bass)
Handcuffed to a Heartache Mary K. Miller Bass
Jimmy Miller Productions 1976-1979 Joey Stec Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
Working! Bobby Jameson Guitar (Bass)


  • Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, the Doors, and More: The Autobiography of Jerry Scheff[2]


  1. Album Liner notes for L.A. Woman by The Doors [DVD-A booklet]. Elektra (62612-9); in 2000 Liner notes
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scheff, Jerry (2012). Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, the Doors, and More, 1st, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Backbeat Books.

External links

  • Official website
  • Jerry Scheff at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official Jerry Scheff Facebook Page
  • Elvis Australia interview with Jerry Scheff
  • Jerry Scheff solo
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