He is a
multi-musician, singer-songwriter and producer born in Sacramento, California.
He started playing the banjo when he was six years old but then he adapted
the instrument to make it sound like a drum and by 8 years old he was
already playing with this first band.
When he was fifteen years old he managed to get a break when he
performed with Elvin Bishop.
Still under the
driving age, he and his band went in search of a deal at the various record
studios on Sunset Boulevard.
Barry White listened to their live recording but only seemed to show
interest in who was playing the drums, which was Scott.
He met up with
Steve Perry when he was still only 15 or 16 and together they started to
write songs for the band they put together called Ice. The went to
The Record Plant to record and while there Stevie
Wonder heard Scott on the drums.
This led to him being asked if Stevie
could perform on his drums for what would become the hit song
didn’t see the same success with Ice and when he was seventeen he
started concentrating more on the songwriting
side of things while at the same time taking on work as a session musician.
When he was 18
he met up with the songwriter Ron Nagle and before long they began working
in collaboration. He relocated
to Sausalito, California where he continued to write and produce
with Nagle. The production side
of things led him to start producing jingles for commercials as well as
playing all the instruments for them.
He went on to produce artists such as Roy Orbison
and Johnny Cash when they sang on advertisements.
His work with
Ron Nagle was noticed by the producer Jack Nitzche
and they were taken on by him to work on recordings and film scores. Scott looked on Jack as his mentor
and the first film soundtrack which he performed on and produced for him
the Academy Award winning One Flew
Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 1977 he and
Ron Nagle met up with Barbra Streisand who like
their work so much, they began writing as a threesome for the songs that
appeared on her successful album Streisand
Superman. They went on to
write many other songs including “Don’t Touch Me There”
which was a popular song by The Tubes.
Also in 1977 he took on the acting role of Fluke Starbucker in the Star Ward
parody Hardware Wars, which was
later a Pioneer Award winner.
In 1979 he performed on Robin
Williams’ Grammy Award winning “Reality, What a Concept”.
Because the songwriting duo was achieving hits they came across
some artists that wanted them to assign some of their publishing rights,
but they were turned down. They
were offered a production and songwriting deal
with A&M where they worked together using the name Durocs. They then moved on to Capitol
Records where they worked as a production company and were asked to record
their own album. They released
their critically acclaimed self-titled album in 1979 which became a top ten
hit in Europe but because they never thought of themselves as a live
performers, their two singles releases were promoted by making lavish
videos. This saw them leaving
Capitol in 1980 to start up their own studio called The Pig Pen where one
of their first recordings was the sound design for the film Cat People. The next year they set up a video
department in 1981 which made videos for musical acts on the new television
work with Durocs came to the attention of Brian
Wilson after his brother Carl Wilson had given him their album. This led to him singing and playing
for The Beach Boys but declined an invitation to become a full-time member
of them even though he was dubbed “the fifth Beach Boy”. Even after turning down the offer he
still carried on writing songs for them and was the music director,
musician and singer for their “Pet Sounds Live” tour project in
1983. The project didn’t
take off due to internal problems and later in 1991 he turned down a
further offer to work on it as he wanted to maintain his close friendship
with Carl Wilson. After The
Beach Boys had settled a lawsuit with Capitol Records that had lasted more
than a decade they sent Scott gold and platinum records to show their
appreciation for his support.
In the 1990 he
wrote and worked on the hit single “Closer to the Flame” by
Dave Edmunds and produced Chuck Prophet’s debut album. He also embarked on a world tour
with Todd Rundgren which was followed by a guest
spot on tour with Huey Lewis and the News. 1991 saw him founding Hit or Myth
Productions at TikiTown Studios where Van
Morrison was one of first to work.
In 1992 he
worked on John Lee Hooker’s Boom
Boom where the title track became a hit for
the second time after thirty years.
The remainder of the ‘90s saw him working on many other
recordings by various artists.
In the new
millennium he was a guest artist on The Beach Boys’ Keepin’ the Summer Alive/Beach Boys
and Greatest Hits, Vol. 3. The rest of the 2000s to date have
seen him producing many emerging artists alongside working on box sets of
legendary ones as well several soundtracks. He also became the founder of a
music-tech company which has its HQ at TikiTown
and works with the management teams of several major artists but closed it
down after two years.
In 2010 he
began serving on the President’s Council Committee of the Gladstone
Institute. The following year
he became executive producer of Far West Entertainment based in Hong Kong
and produced the hit “Dance On “ by Blush within a couple of
months and Quincy Jones became their manager. He also acted as a consultant for
The Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Reunion world
tour and album. Real Gone
Records working with Capitol Records released Durocs
original album on CD and it was also released as a limited edition vinyl to
celebrate 33 and 1/3 years since it was recorded. In 2013 he travelled to Australia where he held a series of “The
course of his career, Scott has worked with countless artists and groups as
a musician, composer and/or producer and just a few of these include Al
Anderson, J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, Tommy Castro,
Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder,
Robert Cray, David Crosby, Dick Dale, Dr. John, David Foster, Jerry Garcia,
Sammy Hagar, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Etta
James, Jefferson Starship, Booker T. Jones, B.B.
King, Los Lobos, Nick Lowe, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, Eddie Money, Giorgio Moroder, Graham Nash, NRBQ, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie
Raitt, The Rubinoos,
Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs
and Ike Turner.
As you will
appreciate, his album output has been extensive with him either
songwriting, performing and/or producing
them. Just a tiny selection of
them are Pay Before You Pump by
Al Anderson, Lead Me to the Water
by Gary Brooker, Hog Heaven by Elvin Bishop, Southern
Nights by Glen Campbell, Sweetwater
by Elvis Costello, Glitter Grass from
the Nashville Hollywood Strings by Dillard-Hartford-Dillard, Sabre Dance by Dave Edmunds, Ridin’ Might High by Pee Wee Ellis,
Why We Fight by John Wesley
Harding, Riding with the King by
John Hiatt, Jealous by John Lee
Hooker, A Postcard from California
by Al Jardine, Chameleon by Labelle, Bugs
and Friends Sing The Beatles by Looney Tunes, Chops Not Chaps by Roy Rogers, Nearly Human by Todd Rundgren, Raising Hell by South Side Slim and Safety Zone by Bobby Womack.
He is still
regularly collaborating with Ralph Nagle and they have written around fifty
songs since the turn of the new millennium.
Southern Nights (Allen Toussaint)