Henry Strzelecki – “The Bass Man”

We pay homage this week to elite Nashville session bass player Henry Strzelecki. On December 22 Strzelecki was struck by a vehicle while out walking. Suffering several injuries, including head trauma, he remained in a coma during the holiday subsequently passing on December 30.

Henry’s renowned bass notes reached many ears through his over 50 years in the recording industry. He was a member of Hee Haw’s “Million Dollar Band” as well as part of such legendary sessions as Bob Dylan’s “Blonde On Blonde”, and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”. The ACM Bassman of the Year nominee can be heard on recordings by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Elvis, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Strait and many more.

It is no secret that the Nashville music community is a tight knit bunch, Mr. Strzelecki holds an extra special place in the hearts of Nashville Music Group. Our very own founder and CEO Denny Knight first met Mr. Strzelecki as a child. Denny’s father, hit songwriter and Mississippi Hall of Fame member Carl Knight, was being produced by Chet “Chester” Atkins at legendary RCA Studios. Henry Strzelecki was “The Bass Man” and session leader on those sessions.

“I was 9 years old on the couch in RCA studios in awe of what was going on around me,” comments Denny, “when Mr Strzelecki and Mr. Atkins asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I said I wanted to be behind the board. The engineer.”  Some years later the two were reunited in studio once more but this time with Denny at the helm engineering sound for Mr. Strzelecki.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held for Henry Strzelecki January 17, 2pm at Pennington United Methodist Church.

Written By: Tony Manfetano