Inducted in October,2003
Native Tucsonan Larry Diehl has played bass
nearly all his life. As blues bands appeared on
the local scene with the blues resurgence of the
80's, he was often called upon to lay down the
groove. Larry was a vital member of early blues
bands such as Statesboro Blues Band and
Boogieman Blues Band with ABHOF member Tom
He's backed ABHOF member Sam Taylor, and
continues to play with Sam on his frequent
visits to the southwest from his home in NY.
Prior to Bobby Taylor's death, Larry played in
Bobby's R&B band The Real Deal, named in
Diehl also played with many blues fusion groups
including Barbara Bird and Da Fellas, and has
been a constant stalwart figure of the southern
Arizona club scene
Larry played electric and upright bass in Tony
and the Torpedoes, backing him in the studio, in
clubs, and festival performances.
He has also been working for several years with
the outstanding guitarist Bryan Dean and their
bands Three Legged Dog, Some People's Kids, and
The Four Guys. They have a studio project of
original material in the works.
Larry is a committed and versatile full time
musician who many local legendary bandleaders
rely on to supply that all-important low-end
drive. He's a proud single father of a teenage
son, Montana, but still finds time to help with
community benefits and his church's band.