March 2, the birthday of Larry Carlton

Larry CarltonToday it is Larry Carlton’s 67th birthday. Carlton was born in Torrance, California in 1948. He started playing the guitar at the age of six. Carlton is an American jazz, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, blues, pop, and rock guitarist. His playing style was influenced by Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and B.B. King. The guitar player has won four Grammy Awards for his performances and compositions, including performing on the theme song for the television series Hill Street Blues.

Carlton also recorded the tune of Magnum, P.I. He also recorded hundreds of albums, with artists like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Paulinho Da Costa, Michael Jackson, The Crusaders, Quincy Jones, The Four Tops, Christopher Cross and Barbra Streisand.