from Detroit, Michigan, who started performing at five years of age and
attended Wayne State University, from whence he acquired his Master of
Music degree in 1964. At the
time, he was a member of the house orchestra at WXYZ-TV.
relocated to L.A.
in 1976 and made himself invaluable as a session musician in the recording
but a sampling of his discography:
At This Time by Burt
Bacharach; The Christmas Album by
David Foster; The Christmas Album
by The Manhattan Transfer; Christmas
Through Your Eyes by Gloria Estefan; Corky by Corky Hale; The
Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary
Music Box; Do it Again by
Toni Tennille; Duets by Frank
Sinatra; Faces by Earth, Wind
& Fire; Hot August Night II
by Neil Diamond; Joao (I Really
Samba) by Joao Gilberto; New
Affair by The Emotions; Reachin’
Back by Regina Belle; Say it With
Silence by Hubert Laws; Snowflakes
by Toni Braxton; Take Me Higher
by Diana Ross; That’s What
Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Williams; Timepiece by Kenny
Rogers; and, A Woman Needs Love
by Ray Parker, Jr.
also be heard on the soundtracks of The
Color Purple, The Dead Pool, Harry and the Hendersons,
and Predator. For nineteen years, he performed on
the soundtrack of The Simpsons.
University bestowed upon him their Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2002.
passed away at his home on 22nd March 2009.
March 2009, his funeral was held at Holy
in Montrose, followed by a burial at Fernando Mission
Johnny Mathis and Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)