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Don Was - Influences & Inspirations
Don Was - Influences & Inspirations
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: KRKSYS
Legends - Don Was
Legends - Don Was
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: CBS
Fender Custom Shop Exclusive | Don Was | Fender
Fender Custom Shop Exclusive | Don Was | Fender
Published: 2013/04/17
Channel: Fender
Don Was performs Walk the Dinosaur at the 2016 NAMM TEC Awards.
Don Was performs Walk the Dinosaur at the 2016 NAMM TEC Awards.
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: TECAwards
Don Was & Michael Lehman on Gregg Allman | Southern Blood
Don Was & Michael Lehman on Gregg Allman | Southern Blood
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Gregg Allman
DON WAS & THE DETROIT DUKES
DON WAS & THE DETROIT DUKES
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue
Don Was - When Lightning Strikes…Catch It!
Don Was - When Lightning Strikes…Catch It!
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: KRKSYS
Exclusive John Mayer Interview (with Don Was)
Exclusive John Mayer Interview (with Don Was)
Published: 2012/04/12
Channel: johnmayerlive
Van Morrison in conversation with producer Don Was
Van Morrison in conversation with producer Don Was
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: The Guardian
Don Was in Uncle Joe
Don Was in Uncle Joe's Garage
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: Uncle Joe's Garage
Don Was on the Genius of Brian Wilson (1/2)
Don Was on the Genius of Brian Wilson (1/2)
Published: 2010/08/03
Channel: F Stanz
Capitol Records Periscope: Q&A With Don Was, President of Blue Note Records
Capitol Records Periscope: Q&A With Don Was, President of Blue Note Records
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Capitol Records
Don Was At: Guitar Center
Don Was At: Guitar Center
Published: 2013/08/30
Channel: Guitar Center
Don Was - Jackshit Video - "I
Don Was - Jackshit Video - "I'm Coming Home"
Published: 2007/08/16
Channel: My Damn Channel
GLENN FREY, DON WAS & SONS "JET AIRLINER" 2010
GLENN FREY, DON WAS & SONS "JET AIRLINER" 2010
Published: 2016/01/19
Channel: Gemma Corfield
Don Was - Stephen Bruton - "Waiting for a Long Time"
Don Was - Stephen Bruton - "Waiting for a Long Time"
Published: 2007/10/25
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was performs Play it Back at the 2016 NAMM TEC Awards.
Don Was performs Play it Back at the 2016 NAMM TEC Awards.
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: TECAwards
Don Was - Common Sense - "Switchy Switch"
Don Was - Common Sense - "Switchy Switch"
Published: 2008/03/13
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was - Buddy Miller- "So New, There
Don Was - Buddy Miller- "So New, There's Still No Title"
Published: 2007/11/29
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was - Stephen Bruton - "Getting Over You"
Don Was - Stephen Bruton - "Getting Over You"
Published: 2007/10/18
Channel: My Damn Channel
"Stand by Me" - Andy, Jon Bon Jovi, Don Was, Richie Sambora & Friends
"Stand by Me" - Andy, Jon Bon Jovi, Don Was, Richie Sambora & Friends
Published: 2013/07/08
Channel: andymusictv
Online Music Production Clinic with Don Was
Online Music Production Clinic with Don Was
Published: 2009/11/18
Channel: Berklee Online
Don Was Interview with DIME - part 1
Don Was Interview with DIME - part 1
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: DIME
Don Was - Sweet Pea Atkinson - "Slow Down"
Don Was - Sweet Pea Atkinson - "Slow Down"
Published: 2007/09/18
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was - Guy Clark- "Hollywood"
Don Was - Guy Clark- "Hollywood"
Published: 2007/11/29
Channel: My Damn Channel
#LETSTALKMUSIC Welcomes Don Was
#LETSTALKMUSIC Welcomes Don Was
Published: 2015/08/11
Channel: LACM (Los Angeles College of Music)
An original Blue Note soundtrack: Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper & Don Was
An original Blue Note soundtrack: Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper & Don Was
Published: 2015/08/24
Channel: BenjaminFranz85
Don Was - Wayne Kramer/David Was - "Revolution in Apt. 29"
Don Was - Wayne Kramer/David Was - "Revolution in Apt. 29"
Published: 2007/11/08
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was - Sass Jordan - "How Do I Get It Right"
Don Was - Sass Jordan - "How Do I Get It Right"
Published: 2007/12/13
Channel: My Damn Channel
don was parle de cheb khaled
don was parle de cheb khaled
Published: 2014/07/03
Channel: ibrahim ilyes rossonero
Alec Baldwin, Don Was, A Hard Day
Alec Baldwin, Don Was, A Hard Day's Night
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: Turner Classic Movies
Producer Don Was Talks Greg Allman
Producer Don Was Talks Greg Allman's Final Album 'Southern Blood' with Q103's Candace
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Q103Albany
♛الشاب خالد و دون ووز  Cheb Khaled & Don Was♛
♛الشاب خالد و دون ووز Cheb Khaled & Don Was♛
Published: 2016/02/23
Channel: Hit Play™ قناة المغرب المتوحد
Why Bassists Make Great Producers: Don Was, Larry Klein and Marcus Miller - ASCAP EXPO
Why Bassists Make Great Producers: Don Was, Larry Klein and Marcus Miller - ASCAP EXPO
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: ASCAP
Don was crowned the sexiest man alive!
Don was crowned the sexiest man alive!
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: Family Feud Australia
Don Was - Mark Erelli - "Volunteer"
Don Was - Mark Erelli - "Volunteer"
Published: 2007/12/13
Channel: My Damn Channel
Singer-Songwriter 4 Winner Lanita Smith with Don Was at Henson Recording Studios
Singer-Songwriter 4 Winner Lanita Smith with Don Was at Henson Recording Studios
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: Guitar Center
Don Was - Black Merda - "Cynthy-Ruth"
Don Was - Black Merda - "Cynthy-Ruth"
Published: 2007/12/06
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was
Don Was
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: Ronobir Lahiri
¥UNG DON - WAS ICH BRAUCH (Official Music Video)
¥UNG DON - WAS ICH BRAUCH (Official Music Video)
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Rocket Beans TV
ABC NEWS , Andy Madadian and Don Was discuss "Stand by me" part 1/2
ABC NEWS , Andy Madadian and Don Was discuss "Stand by me" part 1/2
Published: 2009/06/30
Channel: navidyy36
Don Was - Wayne Kramer / David Was - "All Been Planned"
Don Was - Wayne Kramer / David Was - "All Been Planned"
Published: 2007/11/01
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was - Lori Mckenna - "How Romantic is That"
Don Was - Lori Mckenna - "How Romantic is That"
Published: 2007/11/29
Channel: My Damn Channel
Don Was on the Genius of Brian Wilson (2/2)
Don Was on the Genius of Brian Wilson (2/2)
Published: 2010/08/03
Channel: F Stanz
Don Was - The Dave McMurray Trio - "Impressions"
Don Was - The Dave McMurray Trio - "Impressions"
Published: 2007/12/07
Channel: My Damn Channel
DON WAS DETROIT ALL STAR REVUE TRAILER 2014
DON WAS DETROIT ALL STAR REVUE TRAILER 2014
Published: 2015/04/18
Channel: Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue
Don Was 2016 NAMM TEC Les Paul Award
Don Was 2016 NAMM TEC Les Paul Award
Published: 2016/02/18
Channel: TECAwards
Don Was on Gregg
Don Was on Gregg's Influence | Back to the Swamp - The Making of Southern Blood
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Gregg Allman
DON WAS Interview on Playboy Sports with Gregg Miller
DON WAS Interview on Playboy Sports with Gregg Miller
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: Gregg Miller
GLENN FREY, DON WAS & SONS "REELING IN THE YEARS" 2010
GLENN FREY, DON WAS & SONS "REELING IN THE YEARS" 2010
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: Gemma Corfield
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Don Was
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Don Was – Americana Music Association showcase – Nashville, TN (2010)
Background information
Birth name Don Fagenson
Born (1952-09-13) September 13, 1952 (age 65)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Rock, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, Record Producer, President of Blue Note Records
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, piano
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts

Was (Not Was)
Orquestra Was

Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer

Don Edward Fagenson (born September 13, 1952), known as Don Was, is an American musician, record producer and record executive. Primarily a bass player, Was led the 1980s funk rock band Was (Not Was). In later years he produced songs and albums for a large number of popular recording artists. In 2012, he became president of jazz music label Blue Note Records.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Detroit, Michigan,[1] Was graduated from Oak Park High School in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, then attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor but dropped out after the first year. A journeyman musician, he grew up listening to the Detroit blues sound and the jazz music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

Using the stage name "Don Was", he formed the group Was (Not Was) with school friend David Weiss (David Was). The group found commercial success in the 1980s – releasing four albums and logging several hit records. A jazz/R&B album of Hank Williams covers, "Forever's A Long, Long Time" was released in 1997, under the name Orquestra Was.[2] In 2008, Was (Not Was) reunited for an acclaimed new album and tour.

Was has received three Grammy Awards including the 1994 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.[3][4] He produced several albums for Bonnie Raitt including her Nick of Time album that won the 1989 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.[3] Don also collaborated with co-producer Ziggy Marley, on Family Time, winner of 2009's Best Musical Album For Children.[3]

He served as music director and/or consultant for several motion pictures such as Thelma and Louise, The Rainmaker, Hope Floats, Phenomenon, Tin Cup, Honeymoon in Vegas, 8 Seconds, Switch, The Freshman, Days of Thunder, Michael, Prêt-à-Porter, Boys on the Side, Toy Story and The Paper.

In 1997, he directed and produced a documentary, I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, about former Beach Boy Brian Wilson. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the San Francisco Film Festival's Golden Gate Award. He also received the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Original Score in recognition of his compositions for the film Backbeat.

Was, who is a fan of the Rolling Stones and saw them in concert when he was age 12 in 1964, produced their albums Voodoo Lounge, Stripped, Bridges to Babylon, Forty Licks, Live Licks, A Bigger Bang and Blue & Lonesome. He also worked on the Rolling Stones's reissues Exile on Main Street, released in May 2010 and Some Girls released in October 2011. Was scoured old master recordings of the albums for lost gems, remastering some songs while producing entirely new vocals and tracks on others.[5]

Since 2008, Was has hosted the proceedings (and led the house band) at the Detroit All-Star Revue, an annual showcase of local acts from the Detroit music scene.[6]

From 2009 to 2012, Don hosted a weekly radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio's Outlaw Country channel called The Motor City Hayride.[7] During the 2011 season of American Idol, Was appeared in several episodes producing contestants Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Lauren Alaina and Casey Abrams.

In January 2012, he was appointed president of the jazz record label, Blue Note Records in succession to Bruce Lundvall.[8]

He won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on the CBS TV special "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America."

On November 18, 2015, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, he led the house band that performed at a concert celebrating Willie Nelson, recipient of the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.[9]


Personal life[edit]

Don Was is the father of Eve 6 drummer Tony Fagenson and also Henry and Solomon Fagenson. He is married to former Virgin Records A&R executive and video director Gemma Corfield. He is the brother of public official Dr. Nancy Fagenson Potok, former Principal Associate Director and chief financial officer of the US Census Bureau and currently Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce.

Selected discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Was – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Don Was Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Grammy Award Past Winners Search – Don Was". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ Harrington, Richard (August 26, 1995). "Brian Wilson's Sensational Safari". The Washington Post. p. D.01. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ Don Was Revisits 'Exile On Main Street' National Public Radio United States May 16, 2010
  6. ^ DeVito, Lee (July 8, 2015). "Get Your Mojo Working". Detroit Metro Times. Euclid Media. 35 (39): 58. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Don Was Joins Sirius XM for Show". AllAccess.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ Chinen, Nate (May 2, 2012). "Exuberance Is Just One of His Skills". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  9. ^ Thanki, Juli (Nov 18, 2015). "Willie Nelson saluted by Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, more". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 

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