Quick Facts About Waddy Wachtel
|Name||Robert Waddy Wachtel|
|Birth Name||Robert Wachtel|
|Celebrated Name||Waddy Wachtel|
|Nick Name||Waddy Wachtel|
|Date of Birth||May 24, 1947|
|Age||69 Years Old|
|Place Of Birth||New York, New York, U.S.|
Robert Wachtel, better known as Waddy Wachtel is a 69-year-old American musician, producer, and composer who has been recognized for decades mostly for his guitar work. He was born on May 24, 1945, in Jackson Heights Queens, New York City America.
He discovered his passion for music at an early age of 9 years when he saw a guitarist on television. He then convinced his father to buy him a guitar. As a left-handed person, he struggled to play guitar with his right hand and instead played it upside down. But his then guitar tutor, Gene Dell insisted on playing right-handed.
He took guitar lessons for about 5 years until he started composing songs at the age of 14. He became proficient at playing in various genres of music, including folk rock, pop, rock, and jazz. He is one of the greatest session guitarist ever, with a resume including his work with Warren Zevon, Everly Brothers, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne.
Many have acknowledged his skills as something more than anyone expects. His friend Keith Richards, who collaborated with Wachtel in X-Pensive Winos said, ‘He is a natural maestro. He can take a song to further heights than you expected, beyond expectations. I envy him, quite honestly.’
Here is a brief look at his musical journey and inside personal life. He’s truly an inspirational man in the world.
Waddy Wachtel's Career Struggles: From a left-handed small boy to being 'King of Sidemen'
Waddy’s career journey may be truly an inspirational story for many as he never gave up his dream despite anything. From a left-handed small boy, he turned out to be a legendary guitarist of the world.
Firstly being trained by an NBC staff orchestra’s head, Rudolph Schramm, he then went to teach music at Carnegie Hall. Though Schramm wanted him to take piano lessons but seeing Wachtel’s passion for guitar, he agreed to teach guitar three days a week about harmony, rhythm, and melody.
Shortly performing with local bands in New York, he formed his own band named The Orphan after performing with local bands in New York. After playing in Connecticut and New Hampshire, they settled into a regular bar band routine, playing in Newport, Rhode Island where Wachtel further honed his skills with Sal Salvador. Afterward, The Orphans disbanded and he formed another band named Twice Nicley. With Bud Cowsill’s suggestion, he took his band to Los Angeles in 1968 where they recorded a few demos. But two years later, Wachtel decided to collaborate with The Cowsills as a session player, recording and producing their albums.
His first break in the music business came in the early '70s, when he was hired by Everly Brothers’ music director, Warren Zevon, hired him as a guitarist. He played guitar on their 1972 album Stories We Could Tell and join them on their musical tour. Following that, he played with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham on their first release Buckingham Nicks and also on their tour. And when Buckingham and Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac, he played rhythm guitar on their another album Fleetwood Mac in 1975.
Moreover, Wachtel wrote songs and sang on Peter Asher’s album with Linda Ronstadt’s band members including musicians Dan Dugmore, Rick Marotta and Don Grolnick. The album titled after band’s name Ronin was released through a Mercury Records. Wachtel has worked in hundreds of albums within his decades-long journey in the music industry. Over the years, he got associated with several bands and artists including Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks and Warren Zevon to name a few.
Likewise, he collaborated with major record labels including Arista Records, Asylum Records, Columbia Records, EMI Records Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records and Giant Records. He shares co-writing and guitar playing credits with Stevie Nicks’s few tracks including I Don’t Care and Annabel Lee.
Apart from music, Wachtel also made a cameo appearance in the film The Poseidon Adventure with his band. He has composed and played for many movies, not to be missed, an Oscar’s awarded short film Session Man in 1991.
Always garnered success in impressing everyone with whom he worked, the music legend cited as 'King of Sidemen' has also bagged good fortune in his career. His net worth value is estimated to be around $18 million.
Waddy Wachtel was believed to be more than just a music director to Stevie Nicks
Just has few months left for his 70th birthday, but Waddy Wachtel seems to have prioritized his music passion more than anything in his life. He has been quite a secretive person his whole life. There have been no authentic details about whom he hooked up with in his life. Surely there might have been certainly someone, with whom he feels cozy.
However, we do know nothing more than rumors of him dating few beautiful ladies. Reports have it that the guitarist was romantically linked with two women in his lifetime including Stevie Nicks and Connie Hamzy. Despite ongoing speculations of their relationships in social sites, there has been no confirmation on Wachtel and Stevie Nicks’ affair. However, always a friendly term have been noticed in between them.
Wachtel has mentioned in an interview that he met Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham through a common friend, Keith Olsen. The three of them became very close. Stevie Nicks contacted her old friend, Wachtel, while working on her first solo album Belladonna in order to assist her on the successful tour for the album. He has continued to work with Stevie on all her projects as Musical Director, guitarist, and harmony vocalist. She still credits him for much of her success. He also allegedly dated Connie Hamzy, an old American personality who is famous for being a Rockstar groupie on 1987.
Even though there sadly seems to be no full disclosure of details regarding his love life, reportedly he is married to a woman named Annie, who is a Real Estate agent on Marblehead.
Despite being majorly successful in his career, he had few controversies surrounding him. Unlike most rock stars, his controversy deals with a much darker issue, child pornography. Wachtel and his wife were arrested in 1998 on suspicion of possession of child pornography after finding felonious images, hard copies and duplicates of kiddie porn in their home. He pleaded no contest & was placed on probation for 3 years. Despite the allegations, he was defended by fellow composers and musicians. Additionally, he also faced a drug possession charge.
Wachtel is still regarded as one the most iconic guitarists of all time. As per his net worth reported to be multimillions, we can safely assume that he did and is still doing pretty good for himself. Wachtel's passion for music and ease of adaptation toward a variety of genres has placed him in a position as one of the most in-demand session musicians throughout his career.
Wachtel's passion for music and ease of adaptation in varieties of genres has placed him in a position as one of the most in-demand session musicians. With a documentary titled King of Sidemen filmmaker Gary Simson is telling the untold story of Waddy Wachtel and unsung heroes of rock and roll.