Session musician Eric Gale
Guitarist

Eric Gale

September 20, 1938, Brooklyn, NY ~ May 25, 1994, Baja, CA

A guitarist who was used for many R&B-oriented dates and occasionally played jazz, Eric Gale had an appealing sound and was best while performing lazy melodic blues. ~ Allmusic: Eric Gale ~ retrieved September 15, 2013 © Allmusic

Eric Gale was a top studio guitar man, and a first call session player on many dates from the '50's through the '90's. His reliable accompaniment can be appreciated on scores of records as a sideman, and through his own efforts as leader. ~ All about Jazz: Eric Gale ~ retrieved March 4, 2014 © All About Jazz

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Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12. Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University, Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown, the Drifters, and Jesse Belvin. He soon began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith, who began recommending him for studio work. He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s, eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded with were Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Peter Tosh, Grover Washington, Jr, Herbie Mann, Esther Phillips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Al Jarreau and Billy Joel. ~ Wikipedia: Eric Gale ~ retrieved March 4, 2014 © Wikipedia

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Billy Joel ~ 52nd Street (1978) ~ Ranked #354 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Like Elton John, Joel assimilated whatever styles (jazz, Latin rhythms) suited his purpose. “I don't want to limit my diet,” he said, “sampling only one vegetable in the garden.” ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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