Meet The Section—session players whose work in the studio fueled some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, from James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carole King, and more:

“To critics, Taylor, Browne, and Crosby, Stills and Nash personified everything tame about Seventies rock, and the musicians who accompanied them were inevitably guilty by association. ‘We were the “Mellow Mafia,”‘ says Kortchmar. He recalls a particularly nasty write-up of Taylor from the time: ‘We had [writer] Lester Bangs threatening to stab a bottle of Ripple into James. What the fuck is he talking about? James is doing “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” about Jesus and questions and deep shit.’”