August 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM EDT

Larry Knechtel, a seasoned session musician who joined soft rockers Bread on bass and keyboards in 1971, has died at age 69 in Yakima, Wash., the Los Angeles Times reports. The cause of death was reportedly a heart attack. Knechtel won a Grammy Award in 1970 for arranging Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” As a member of the instrumental session group known as the Wrecking Crew, he played on recordings by the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, the Byrds, and more.

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