Larry Eugene Carlton was born March 2, 1948 in California.
He began playing guitar at six, developing an interest in jazz
when he was in high school. At fourteen, he was performing
in local supper clubs.
During the 1970s, Carlton was one of the busiest session guitarists
in Southern California, doing up to 500 recordings a year. Among
the artists who sought him out were Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell,
Dolly Parton, John Lennon, Quincy Jones – even The Partridge
In 1988, Carlton was the victim of a random shooting outside
of his studio. Despite significant nerve trauma, he made a full
recovery and went on to complete the album he was working on
at the time [Solid Ground]. For several years after the accident,
he was active in a foundation to assist victims of random violence.
Besides his huge catalog of solo acoustic and electric work,
Carlton is a member of smooth jazz supergroup, Fourplay, having
replaced Lee Ritenour in 1997.
He currently lives in Nashville with his wife, Christian singer
Played the searing guitar solo on the theme to the TV show, "Hill
Street Blues" (1981), winning a Grammy Award.
to singer Vanessa Carlton.He was an early member of The Crusaders
and toured with the Fifth Dimension.
He played "Larry Guitar"
on a children's TV show called "Mrs. Alphabet."
solo on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" is considered the
third best guitar solo on record [Rolling Stone].
In 2007, Carlton released, The Jazz King, to celebrate the
60th anniversary of Thailand's King Bhumibol's accession
to the throne as well as his 80th birthday [the king is a
fan of Carlton's and is considered an accomplished jazz musician
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