whose family relocated to Los
when he was fourteen years old.
He received his education at David Starr
While there, he was in a band called The Kinfolks. After graduation, they toured the U.S.
with acts such as Hank Ballard & the Midnighters,
Etta James, Little Willie John, Martha & the Vandellas,
and The Olympics.
In 1967, he
released his solo debut album, The
Sidewalk, and went on to record twelve more albums under his own name.
He also made a
name for himself as a session musician. Artists and groups with whom he has
worked in the recording studios include Cannonball Adderley,
James Brown, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Four Tops, Gladys Knight
& the Pips, Herbie Hancock, The Jackson 5, B.B.
King, Little Richard, Dean Martin, Jeffrey Osbourne,
Gene Page, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Sarah Vaughan, and Bill
discography is massive—he is purported to have played on more than
2500 albums, commercials and soundtracks—and here is but a
sampling: ABC by The Jackson 5; Ben
by Michael Jackson; Close Encounters
by Gene Page; Innervisions
by Stevie Wonder; In the City by
Tavares; It Begins Again by Dusty
Springfield; Making Music by Bill
Withers; Now and Then by Smokey
Robinson; Set My Love in Motion
by Syreeta; That’s
What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Williams; and, We’ve Got
Tonight by Kenny Rogers.
His music has
been sampled by the likes of Busta Rhymes, De La
Soul, Pete Rock, Tupac Shakur,
and A Tribe Called Quest.
In 2008, he
participated in the Playboy Jazz Festival as a member of an all-star band
assembled by comedian Bill Cosby.
He has enjoyed
a surge in popularity in Japan,
where he collaborated with Dreams Come True, Marlena
Shaw, and Miwa Yoshida. In 2008
and 2009, he released a pair of albums there, Thoughts and Wear My Love,
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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