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Steve Lukather

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Best known because the guitarist for early MTV-era hitmakers Toto, Steve Lukather remains to be among the world’s best program guys, having played in well over 100 recordings by way of a wide selection of artists over time. Born in LA, CA, on Oct 21, 1957, Lukather uncovered rock and roll music just how almost every one other youthful U.S. resident did through the ’60s — via the Beatles. Starting like a drummer and keyboardist, it wasn’t until his dad bought Lukather a acoustic guitar that he discovered his accurate musical calling. Initially self-taught, Lukather ultimately sought assistance from old guitar-playing classmates, and a formal instructor, which resulted in a pastime in learning to be a program guitarist (thanks to drummer Jeff Porcaro and keyboardist Steve Porcaro, both of whom went to exactly the same senior high school as Lukather). Best around enough time Lukather flipped 20, the guitarist was asked to become listed on the Porcaro brothers inside a pop/rock and roll band comprised mainly of studio music artists, Toto (which also presented vocalist Bobby Kimball, bassist David Hungate, and keyboardist/vocalist David Paich). While Lukather would sign up for the music group, he also were able to maintain his occupied program routine, playing on albums by Leo Sayer, Boz Scaggs, Alice Cooper, Barbra Steisand, the Pointer Sisters, Cher, and Cheap Technique during the past due ’70s. Focusing on exactly the same mainstream radio rock and roll noises as Foreigner and Trip, Toto scored popular right from the start making use of their debut recording, 1978’s Toto, which damaged the U.S. TOP, as did among its singles, “Contain the Collection.” Regardless of the instant commercial achievement, many critics offered Toto the label to be a “faceless slick music group,” and it made an appearance as though it had been a fitting explanation, as Toto’s following two produces, 1979’s Hydra and 1981’s REVERSE, didn’t match the creative and commercial achievement of their strike debut. Just since it appeared as if Toto would continue their slip off the graphs, the group released among 1982’s biggest albums, the Grammy Award-winning Toto IV, a high Five recording that spawned such monster strikes simply because “Rosanna” (number 2) and “Africa” (number 1), and a one that Lukather penned completely himself, “I WILL NOT Hold You Back again” (amount ten). Exactly the same year, the majority of Toto was asked to try out on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, among the biggest-selling albums in pop music background. Because of this, program work poured set for Lukather, as he performed on ’80s-period recordings by Elton John, Supplement Alpert, Warren Zevon, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Gemstone, among countless others. Toto continuing to concern albums on the semi-regular basis, but after choosing to part methods with vocalist Kimball after Toto IV, the group was struggling to sustain their achievement. Despite juggling his active schedule between program schedules and Toto, Lukather were able to also start a solo profession during the past due ’80s, using the discharge of his 1989 debut, Lukather. Further single releases implemented (1994’s Candyman, 1997’s Luke, 2001’s Grammy Award-winning cooperation with Larry Carlton, No Substitutions, and 2003’s Santamental), as do further periods (Bob Seger, Pole Stewart, Spinal Touch, Van Halen, as well as the Yardbirds).

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Full Name Steve Lukather
Height 1.74 m
Profession Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Music Arranger
Nationality American
Spouse Shawn Batten
Children Lily Rose Lukather, Trevor Lukather
Parents Kathy Lukather, Bill Lukather
Awards Eddy Christiani Award, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
Music Groups Toto, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Los Lobotomys
Music Songs Africa, Hold The Line, Rosanna, I'll Be over You, Stop Loving You, I Won't Hold You Back, Georgy Porgy, I Will Remember, Pamela, Stranger In Town, I'll Supply The Love, Song for Jeff, 99, Straight for the Heart, Child's Anthem, Goodbye Elenore, Without Your Love, Till the End, Out of Love, Holyanna, Mushanga, Love Has the Power, Don't Chain My Heart, Melanie, Darkness In My World, Ever Changing Times, Party in Simon's Pants, Angel Don't Cry, Borrowed Time, Never Walk Alone, Lea, Bottom of Your Soul
Albums Transition, Santamental, Candyman, All's Well That Ends Well, No Substitutions: Live in Osaka, Ever Changing Times, Toto IV, Hydra, Toto XIV, Toto, Lukather, Tambu, Dune, Isolation, Kingdom of Desire, Turn Back, Super Hits, The Very Best of Toto, Toto XX, The Essential Toto, The Collection, Luke, Goin' Against the Wind, Exodus, careful where you put your time, The Rock Legends- Woodstock (feat. Chris Thompson, Michael Schenker, Steve Lukather, Geoff Whitehorn, Alex Conti), Luke Behind You
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Movies Rock Prophecies, Steve Lukather & Los Lobotomys: In Concert, Carlton Lukather Band: Paris Concert, Toto: 25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam, Guitar Heroes


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#Fact
1 While it's common knowledge that Edward Van Halen played the scorching guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," it was Steve who provided the driving riff that underscores the main body of the song.
2 He is a son of Bill Lukather and Kathy Lukather.
3 Father, with Shawn Batten, of a girl born on September 19, 2007.
4 Ex-son-in-law of Marie Harmon.
5 Father, with Marie Currie, of a son and a daughter.
6 Former brother-in-law of Cherie Currie, Sondra Currie, Alan J. Levi and Robert Hays.
7 His favourite guitarist is Jeff Beck.
8 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
9 Became engaged on 9 August 1999 to actress Shawn Batten.
10 Top Los Angeles studio guitar player and composer of many popular songs recorded with band Toto.
11 Founding member of award winning band Toto.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 writer: "She's a Beauty"
20th Century Masters: The Best of Olivia Newton-John - The DVD Collection 2004 Video short "Physical", "A Little More Love", "Totally Hot"
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
People: A Musical Celebration 1995 TV Movie "The Playing Field"
Safe 1995 writer: "Turn Your Love Around"
Access All Areas 1985 Video short "Forever"
St. Elmo's Fire 1985 writer: "SAVED MY LIFE"
Olivia Newton-John: Twist of Fate 1984 Video short writer: "Take a Chance"
Two of a Kind 1983 writer: "Take a Chance"
Zapped! 1982 writer: "Bomp Me"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Strange Case of Alice Cooper 1979 Video writer: "Serious", "Nurse Rozetta"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles 2014 TV Special musician: guitar
Raw Deal 1986 composer: additional music
Dune 1984 musician: Toto

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Toto: Falling in Between - Live in Paris 2007 Video
Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour Live in Poland 2014 executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hired Gun 2015/I Documentary filming Himself
Nathan East: For the Record 2014 Documentary Himself
Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Performer
Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love 2014 TV Movie Himself
Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 11 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Toto
Ringo at the Ryman 2013 Video Himself
Turn It Up! 2013 Documentary Himself
Songs 2011 TV Series Himself
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
Rock Prophecies 2009 Documentary
Spicks and Specks 2008 TV Series Himself
A Tribute to Les Paul 2007 TV Special
Wetten, dass..? 2006 TV Series Himself
BingoLotto 1999 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Guitar 1991 Video documentary Steve Lukather

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BingoLotto 2000 TV Series Themselves

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special St. Elmo's Fire (1985) · David Foster
· John Parr
· Billy Squier
· John Elefante
· Dino Elefante
· John Anderson
· Fee Waybill
· Richard Marx
· Jay Graydon
· Steve Kipner
· Peter Beckett
· Cynthia Weil


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