Eric Gale

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Eric Gale in 1976

Eric J. Gale (September 20, 1938 - May 25, 1994)[1] was a leading American jazz and session guitarist.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] He also had a spell in Aretha Franklin's stage band.

Gale died of lung cancer in May 1994, at the age of 55.[1]



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  1. ^ a b - accessed July 2010
  2. ^ Will, Patrick T.; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Gale, Eric". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc.. p. 5. ISBN 1561592846. 
  3. ^ Album notes by Chris Albertson, Contributing Editor, Stereo Review
  4. ^ "Eric Gale: Forecast". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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