Happy 70th Birthday Larry Carlton

Happy 70th Birthday Larry Carlton

Posted 2 Mar 2018

 

Happy 70th birthday to Larry Carlton, the American guitarist who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970s and '80s playing a variety of genres across pop, rock, blues, jazz, soul and country.  Most notably for acts such as Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell,  Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Sammy Davis, Jr., Paulinho Da Costa, the Fifth Dimension, Herb Alpert, Christopher Cross, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams, and the Partridge Family.

He has participated in thousands of recording sessions, recorded on hundreds of albums in many genres, for television and movies, and on more than 100 gold records. He has been a member of the jazz fusion groups The Crusaders and Fourplay and has maintained a long solo career too.

His guitar work on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam was ranked No. 80 on a list of the best guitar songs by Rolling Stone magazine

Carlton's weapons of choice are his 1969 Gibson ES-335, a 1951 Fender Telecaster, a 1964 Fender Stratocaster, and a 1955 Gibson Les Paul Special.

And, he has four Grammy Awards! 

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