Our Stu­dio Su­per­heroes

Th­ese gui­tarists have played on some of the great­est records ever made. Their wis­dom is price­less, so th­ese brief biogs can’t come close to do­ing them jus­tice.

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Steve Lukather

Steve Lukather (b. 1957) is an A-list ses­sion gui­tarist in LA who has played on count­less ses­sions. He is also a found­ing mem­ber of Toto, not to men­tion a busy solo artist. High­lights: Ses­sions with artists such as Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Paul McCart­ney, Earth Wind And Fire, Richard Marx, The Tubes, Olivia New­ton John, Dolly Par­ton, Donna Sum­mer, Quincy Jones. His most re­cent al­bum is Tran­si­tion. www.stevelukather.com

Louie Shel­ton

Louie Shel­ton (b.1941) is an A-list Los An­ge­les ses­sion gui­tarist, most prom­i­nent dur­ing 1960-1990. He was also a mem­ber of The Wreck­ing Crew.

High­lights: Ella Fitzger­ald, Bar­bra Streisand, Di­ana Ross, Whit­ney Hous­ton, James Brown, Smokey Robin­son, Lionel Richie, Ste­vie Won­der, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, Otis Spann, Solomon Burke, T-Bone Walker; Joe Cocker, Boz Sk­aggs, Kenny Rogers, Neil Di­a­mond, Michael McDon­ald. His most re­cent al­bum is Blues­land. www.louieshel­ton.com

Jay Gray­don

Jay Gray­don (b. 1949) is an A-list LA ses­sion gui­tarist, most prom­i­nent be­tween the ’60s through to the ’80s. Hi cred­its in­clude Bar­bra Streisand, Dolly Par­ton, Di­ana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christo­pher Cross, Ray Charles, Donna Sum­mer, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia New­tonJohn, Al­bert King, Air Sup­ply, Ge­orge Ben­son, Al Jar­reau, Art Gar­funkel, Man­hat­tan Trans­fer, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers and Dionne War­wick.

High­lights in­clude: Ses­sions with Steely Dan, Man­hat­tan Trans­fer, Christo­pher Cross, Earth Wind And Fire, Ge­orge Ben­son, Barbara Streisand, Al Jar­reau, Alice Cooper, Dolly Par­ton, Marvin Gaye, Hall And Oates, Ray Charles, Olivia New­ton John, The Jackson Five, Randy Goodrum, David Fos­ter. Lat­est al­bum is Air­play For The Planet. www.jaygray­don.com

Do­minic Miller

Do­minic Miller (b. 1960) has been largely as­so­ci­ated with St­ing since the early ’90s but he is also a solo artist and has played on nu­mer­ous ses­sions.

High­lights: Ses­sions with artists such as Phil Collins, Ro­nan Keat­ing, Rod Ste­wart, The Pre­tenders, Ju­lia Ford­ham, Level 42. do­minicmiller.com

Den­nis Cof­fey

Den­nis Cof­fey (b. 1940) was a prom­i­nent stu­dio mu­si­cian from the age of 15 on­wards for many soul and R&B record­ings, es­pe­cially for Mo­town and with The Funk Brothers. High­lights: Ses­sions with artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temp­ta­tions, Quincy Jones, Gla­dys Knight, The Mir­a­cles, Funkadelic, Wil­son Pick­ett, Di­ana Ross And The Supremes, Ste­vie Won­der. His most re­cent al­bum is Hot Cof­fey In The D; Burnin’ at Morey Baker’s Show­place Lounge. den­nis­coffeysite.com

Carl Ver­heyen

Carl Ver­heyen (b. 1954) is an A-list ses­sion gui­tarist in LA, work­ing on pop dates and movie sound­tracks from the late ’80s on­wards. He is also a prom­i­nent mem­ber of leg­endary Bri­tish group Su­per­tramp, as well as be­ing a busy solo artist.

High­lights: Ses­sions with artists in­clud­ing The Bee Gees, Cher, David Benoit, Richard El­liot, Dan Sie­gal, Rick Braun; gui­tar for movie sound­tracks such as The Crow, Dusk To Dawn, The Usual Sus­pects, Dark Wa­ter and Rata­touille His most re­cent al­bum is The Grand De­sign. www.car­lver­heyen.com

Chris Sped­ding

Chris Sped­ding (b. 1944) is a busy UK ses­sion gui­tarist, work­ing on rock, pop, blues ses­sions, TV and movies since the late ’60s.

High­lights: Ses­sions with Bryan Ferry, El­ton John, Paul McCart­ney, Joan Ar­ma­trad­ing, Katie Melua, The Wombles, and Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds. His most re­cent al­bum is Joy­land. www.chris­sped­ding.com

Den­nis Budimir

Den­nis Budimir (b. 1938) is one of the world’s most recorded and revered ses­sion gui­tarists. He has played on pop ses­sions through to Hol­ly­wood block­busters since the mid ’50s. High­lights: Ses­sions with artists such as Bar­bra Streisand, Dean Martin, Barry Manilow, Elvis Pres­ley, Natalie Cole, The Bee Gees, Linda Ron­stadt, The Car­pen­ters, Harry Nils­son, Quincy Jones, Robert Palmer, Ser­gio Men­des, Frank Zappa, Eric Dol­phy; movie ses­sions with com­posers like Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini, Basil Pole­douris, Dave Grusin. His most re­cent al­bum is The Soul Of Den­nis Budimir.

Reg­gie Young

Reg­gie Young (b. 1936) is one of the most recorded of all ses­sion gui­tarists, hav­ing played on thou­sands of records from the ’50s un­til to­day. Two of his most fa­mous in­clude the leg­endary gui­tar work on Dusty Spring­field’s Son Of A Preacher, and Sus­pi­cious Minds by Elvis Pres­ley.

High­lights: Ses­sions with artists such as Elvis Pres­ley, Boz Scaggs, Char­lie Rich, Martina McBride, Eric Clap­ton, Ge­orge Jones, Garth Brooks, Way­lon Jen­nings, Merle Hag­gard, BB King, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rodgers, Wil­lie Nel­son, Roy Or­bi­son, Ringo Starr, Etta james, Cat Stevens, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Dolly Par­ton, JJ Cale. His new al­bum, For­ever Young, is out on May 23.

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