Happy Birthday to Harvey Brooks aka Harvey Goldstein; born – July 4, 1944!
Harvey Brooks (born Harvey Goldstein; born in Manhattan, New York) is an American bassist .
Brooks came out of a New York music scene that was crackling with activity in the early 1960s. One of the younger players on his instrument, he was a contemporary of Felix Pappalardi and Andy Kulberg and other eclectic bass players in their late teens and early 20s, who saw a way to bridge the styles of folk, blues, rock, and jazz.
Al Kooper gave Brooks his first boost to fame when he asked him to play as part of Bob Dylan’s backing band on the sessions that yielded the album Highway 61 Revisited (1965) — in contrast to the kind of folkie-electric sound generated by the band on his previous album, Bringing It All Back Home (1965). Producer Bob Johnson and Dylan were looking for a harder, in-your-face electric sound, and Brooks, along with guitarist Michael Bloomfield and organist Al Kooper, provided exactly what was needed on one of the most famous recordings of the 1960s. Brooks was also part of Dylan’s early backing band which performed to great notoriety at Forest Hills, Queens and the Hollywood Bowl in 1965. This band also included Robbie Robertson (guitar), Al Kooper (keyboards) and Levon Helm (drums).