Saxophone player Steve Douglas, who played on albums by the Beach Boys and Phil Spector and toured with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, collapsed and died Monday during a recording session with Ry Cooder.
Douglas, 55, died of heart failure at a Hollywood recording studio, his close friend and fellow musician Don Randi said Wednesday.
Douglas lived in the Northern California community of Petaluma with his wife, Jeanette. He also leaves his mother, a daughter and a sister. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
“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 & the Rebels at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater in 1958 and with Elvis Presley on the set of the 1962 movie “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
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.
Over the years, he played with Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Barbra 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.”