composer, keyboardist and producer from Detroit, Michigan,
who started out on piano at seven years of age and laid down his first
professional tracks before his twentieth birthday.
Some of his
early credits included “Bring the Boys Home” by Freda Payne and
“Want Ads” by Honey Cone.
In 1974, he
relocated to L.A.
where he became ensconced in the burgeoning session scene. On the small screen, he performed The Love Boat theme; on the big
screen, he performed on the soundtrack of Which Way is Up?.
As an arranger
and orchestrator, he scored hits with “Victim” and “Young
Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton,
and “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”
by High Inergy.
He struck gold
with the title track from In the
Night-Time, which he co-wrote with Michael Henderson.
Other film and
TV credits include The Arsenio Hall Show, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Endless
Love, Fame, MLK: A Dream Deferred, The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour,
The Other Side of Victory, and Quicksilver.
discography is massive, and here are but a few highlights: Back
to Basics by The Temptations; Close
Encounters by Gene Page; Contact
by Freda Payne; House of Love by Candi Staton; Just Being Myself by Dionne Warwick;
Lead Me On by Maxine Nightingale;
Love Songs by Earl Klugh; Set My
Love in Motion by Syreeta; Share Your Love by Kenny Rogers; Songs from the Key of Life by Najee; Sweet
Passion by Aretha Franklin; That’s
What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Williams; A Very Special Season
by Diana Ross; and, A Woman Needs
Love by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio.
He has also
served on the board of the American Society of Music Arrangers and
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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