Eric Gale was a top studio guitar man, and a first call
session player on many dates from the '50's through the
'90's. His reliable accompaniment can be appreciated on
scores of records as a sideman, and through his own
efforts as leader.
Born Sept. 20, 1938 in Brooklyn of Barbadian parents, Gale
studied chemistry at Niagara University. He took up the
double bass when he was 12 years old and also played
tenor saxophone, trombone and tuba before he chose the
guitar. The basis of his style was formed on the 50s and
60s R&B circuit.
He was with the Drifters, Jackie Wilson, the Flamingos and
Maxine Brown, before playing in the 60s with King Curtis,
Jimmy Smith, David "Fathead" Newman, Mongo Santamaria
and Aretha Franklin.
In the early 70s Gale became the house guitarist with Creed
Taylor's new CTI Records label