Eric Gale

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Eric Gale
Eric Gale.jpg
Gale in Montreux, Switzerland, 1976
Background information
Born (1938-09-20)September 20, 1938
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died May 25, 1994(1994-05-25) (aged 55)
Baja, California, Mexico
Genres Jazz, pop
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Guitar

Eric J. Gale (September 20, 1938 – May 25, 1994) was an American jazz and session guitarist.

Early life and career

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12.[1] 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.[2] 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 Mose Allison, Aretha Franklin, Bob James, Paul Simon (Gale plays a supporting role in the 1980 film One-Trick Pony, written by and starring 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, Dave Grusin, Lee "Scratch" Perry,[3] Paul Douglas[3] and Billy Joel.[4] He also had played in Aretha Franklin's stage band.


Gale died of lung cancer in May 1994, at the age of 55.[5]


As leader

  • Forecast (1973) (Kudu)
  • Negril (LP, 1975. Micron Music Ltd.) (CD, 2003. 3D Japan) (Download, 2006, Charly Records as Negril's Red Ground Funk)
  • Ginseng Woman (1977) (Columbia)
  • Multiplication (1978) (Columbia)
  • Part of You (1979) (Columbia)
  • Touch of Silk (1980) (Columbia)
  • Blue Horizon (1981) (Elektra/Musician)
  • In the Shade of a Tree (1982) (JVC)
  • Island Breeze (1983) (Elektra/Musician)
  • In a Jazz Tradition (1987) (EmArcy)
  • Let's Stay Together (1988) (Artful Balance)
  • Utopia (1998) (Rooms Japan)

With Stuff

Appears on


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Album notes by Chris Albertson, Contributing Editor, Stereo Review
  3. ^ a b Katz, David. "The Return of Django." People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry. London: Omnibus, 2006. 83. Print.
  4. ^ "Eric Gale: Forecast". Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  5. ^ "Eric Gale, 55, Dies; Versatile Guitarist". The New York Times. 3 June 1994.
  6. ^ "Billboard". 1971-08-07. p. 61. Retrieved 2016-07-26.

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