He was an acoustic and electric jazz bassist born Charles Louis Domanico in Chicago, Illinois.
Moving to Los Angeles, California, in the mid ’60s he became a sought after session musician not only in the recording industry, but also in the world of television and movies. Working with hundreds of artists of the course of his forty-year career, he was heard with Patti Austin , Gato Barbieri, Claude Bolling, Michael Bolton, Teresa Brewer, Natalie Cole, Bobby Darin, Celine Dion, Randy Edelman, David Foster, Jerry Goldsmith, Julio Iglesias, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRae, Melanie, Bette Midler, Roger Miller, Joni Mitchell, Oliver Nelson, David Newman, Claus Ogerman, Steve Perry, The Pointer Sisters, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Scott, Jon Secada, Marlena Shaw, Ben Sidran, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Tommy Tedesco, The Tubes, Dennis Wilson , Dwight Yoakam and Townes Van Zandt amongst many others.
This in turn resulted in him appearing on hundred of albums with a small selection including Keep Your Eye On Me by Herb Alpert , True Love by Pat Benatar, Collaboration by George Benson & Earl Klugh , When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick Jr., Jazz by Ry Cooder, It’s Only Love by Rita Coolidge , I Want to Live by John Denver, Movie Album: As Time Goes By by Neil Diamond & Elmer Bernstein , In the Center by Rodney Franklin, Porgy & Bess by Cleo Laine & Ray Charles, Hangin’ Out with Henry Mancini by Henry Mancini, Showstoppers by Barry Manilow, How Do You Keep the Music Playing by Johnny Mathis , Ridin’ High by Robert Palmer, Take Me Higher by Diana Ross , It Looks Like Snow by Phoebe Snow, Black Rose by J.D. Souther , Timeless: Live in Concert by Barbra Streisand, Dancing the Blues by Taj Mahal and Sings Cole Porter by Dionne Warwick.
In the movies it is claimed that he appeared on over 2,000 soundtracks and these include all three Back to the Future movies, Bird, California Suite, The Color Purple, The Edge, Midnight Run, Trading Places and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and on the TV he was heard performing on the theme tunes for Cheers and M*A*S*H*.
In 2002 he passed away in Los Angeles as a result of lung cancer at just 58 years old.
The Manhattan Transfer Recordings
Body & Soul (Edward Heyman/Robert Sour/Frank Eyton/Johnny Green )
Here he is on bass performing Jay Daversa’s “Mll”….