Steve Lukather

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Steve Lukather

American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer best known for his work with the rock band Toto add

Category: Music

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (61%), United Kingdom (14%), France (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gregg Bissonette, Japan, Larry Carlton

Linked to: Music Man, Ovation Guitar Company, Yamaha Corporation, Gibson Guitar Corporation




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Steve Lukather was born in 1957 add something


It was during this period in the early 1970s that Lukather became interested in the idea of becoming a session musician, a vocation that provided opportunities to play with a variety of famous musicians add something


Lukather achieved notability in the 1970s and 1980s as one of the most sought-after session guitarists in Los Angeles , playing with a wide range of artists from Aretha Franklin to Warren Zevon add something


Lukather's reputation as a guitarist and his association with Paich and Jeff Porcaro, who became established artists, allowed him to secure a solid flow of session work in the 1970s and 1980s add something


Jeff Porcaro, who had been playing drums with Steely Dan since 1973, became a mentor to Lukather and furthered his interest in session work add something


In 1976, when Lukather was nineteen years old, he was invited by his high school friends David Paich and the Porcaro brothers Steve and Jeff to join them in forming their band, Toto add something


He contributed songwriting to Toto albums starting with the eponymous lead track on 1979's "Hydra" add something


Bill Champlin - Champlin won a Grammy *award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song in 1979 for co-writing the hit song "After The Love Has Gone" with Jay Graydon and David Foster and a second Grammy *award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song in 1982 for co-writing the song "Turn Your Love Around" with Jay Graydon and Steve Lukather


Lukather's songwriting contributions grew from a smattering of tracks on early Toto albums to almost every track starting in the late 1980s add something


Michael Landau - Landau, along with fellow session guitarists Dean Parks, Steve Lukather and Dann Huff, played on many of the major label releases recorded in Los Angeles from the 1980s-1990s


He performed the guitar solo for Olivia Newton-John's popular 1981 single "Physical", which was "Billboard"'s number 1 single of the 1980s add something


He won a Grammy award in 1982 for the George Benson song "Turn Your Love Around" add something


In 1985, he released the instructional "Star Licks" guitar video featuring many of the guitar parts from the first five Toto studio albums add something


Songwriter Randy Goodrum, who has collaborated with Lukather many times over the years including on the 1986 Toto single "I'll Be over You", contributes to the track "Brody's" add something


Mike Terrana - Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles and worked with various virtuoso guitarists, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather, and bands like Kuni and Beau Nasty


The 1989 album "Lukather" came about after Toto had been recording and playing for 11 years, and the consensus among the band members was to take a break add something


They recorded an album under the Los Lobotomys name in 1989, and the band was heavily involved in the recording of Lukather's "Candyman" add something


Stephen Bishop (musician) - In 1989 he released his fifth album, called "Bowling In Paris" with Phil Collins , Eric Clapton, Sting, Steve Lukather, Ronnie Caryl, Michael Omartian , Mo Foster, Adrian Lee, and more


After the 1990 dismissal of their fourth vocalist, Jean-Michel Byron, Toto was without a lead singer until around 1997; Lukather assumed most of the vocal duties for the band during that time add something


He performed lead vocals for every track on 1992's "Kingdom of Desire" and 1995's "Tambu" except for two instrumental tracks add something


In August 1992, Jeff Porcaro collapsed while doing yard work at home and subsequently died of heart failure add something


"Candyman", recorded and mastered from March 1993 through November 1993, was a collaboration of musicians who were for the most part in Lukather's band Los Lobotomys add something


Lukather describes 1997's "Luke" as a much different and more "introspective" album than his previous two solo efforts add something


Gregg Bissonette - Also in 1997, he played drums on Steve Lukather's album "Luke" and the subsequent tour


In 1998, Lukather received an invitation to tour Japan with fellow guitarist Larry Carlton after Japanese promoters requested that Carlton's annual tours each be different from the last add something


It was not until Toto brought back former lead singers Joseph Williams and Bobby Kimball to collaborate on 1998's "Toto XX" that Lukather returned to predominantly backup vocals add something


The guitar started out with only MusicMan specifications , but in 1998, the manufacturer made several customizations to the model to better fit Lukather's playing style add something


Gregg Bissonette - In 1998, he toured with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather in Japan


The Yardbirds - In 2003, a new album, "Birdland", was released under the Yardbirds name on the Favored Nations label by a lineup including Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and new members Gypie Mayo , John Idan and Alan Glen , which consisted of a mixture of new material mostly penned by McCarty and re-recordings of some of their greatest hits, with guest appearances by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, Brian May, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, John Rzeznik, Martin Ditchum and Simon McCarty


Los Lobotomys recorded a live album in 2004 comprising several tracks from "Candyman" and from the 1989 album add something


In 2005, Lukather won critical praise for his rendition of the Jimi Hendrix song "Little Wing" at a gala 90th birthday celebration for jazz guitarist Les Paul add something


Lukather contributed to all of the songs on Toto's 2006 album "Falling in Between" add something


By 2008, Lukather was the only remaining original Toto member still performing with the band add something


He remained a member until the band split up in 2008, and has been involved in their periodic reunion tours add something


Lukather describes the album as being a "real" and "honest" reflection of the period between 2008 and 2010, when he experienced difficulties within his private life add something


"Ever Changing Times", released on February 22, 2008, is a collection of songs Lukather recorded in 2007 between Toto tours add something


In February 2010, the band announced that they would reunite to support Toto bassist Mike Porcaro, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease add something


Lukather's sixth studio album, "All's Well That Ends Well", was released on October 11, 2010 in Europe and Japan, and November 16 as a digital download worldwide add something


All's Well That Ends Well (Steve Lukather album) - "'All's Well That Ends Well"' is the sixth studio album by Steve Lukather, released on vinyl and as a jewel case CD on October 11, 2010 by Mascot Records


In a 2011 interview discussing his career with Toto, Lukather indicated that the band had evolved too far from its original incarnation and that he was dealing with the physical and mental toll of recording and performing add something


They continued to tour on a limited basis in 2011 and 2012; however, Lukather has indicated that the band will not record any further material add something


In December 2011, he began work on his seventh, a collaboration with C. J. Vanston featuring musicians Chad Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Leland Sklar, and others add something


In February 2012, Ringo Starr announced that Lukather will be the guitarist in his All Starr Band for their summer tour add something


The album is scheduled to be released in early 2013 add something


Lukather has released seven solo albums, the latest of which was released in January 2013 add something


The album was released January 21, 2013 add something


Peter Frampton - In 2013 he performed throughout North America as part of the "Frampton's Guitar Circus" tour which featured periodic guest performers including B.B. King, Robert Cray, Don Felder, Rick Derringer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Steve Lukather, Sonny_Landreth, David Hidalgo Mike McCready, Roger McGuinn and Vinnie Moore


From a press release in January of 2014 "Toto has revealed plans for 2014 that deliver what fans have been waiting years for add something


From a press release in January 2014 "Toto has revealed plans for 2014 that deliver what fans have been waiting years for add something


Toto XIV - The name was explained by band member Steve Lukather in December 2014: The band counted all the albums with new released music


In March 2015 "Toto XIV" was released add something


Steve Porcaro - He releases his first solo album on 10 June 2016, with contributions from Michael McDonald, Jamie Kimmett, Michael Sherwood, Mabvuto Carpenter, Marc Bonilla, Steve Lukather, Lenny_Castro, Shannon Forrest, Jeff Porcaro and Mike Porcaro