Louis Shelton

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Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn William Louis Shelton

American guitarist and music producer

Born on April 06, 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas , United States (81 years)

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William Louis Shelton (born April 6, 1941) is an American guitarist and music producer.

...   William Louis Shelton (born April 6, 1941) is an American guitarist and music producer.

During the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s Shelton was a session musician working in recording studios around Hollywood. Among his more notable session work was for the Monkees, including their first self-titled album, and both recordings of the Boyce and Hart songs, "Last Train to Clarksville", "Valleri", and "(Theme From) The Monkees". Shelton played the flamenco-style guitar solo on "Valleri", which Michael Nesmith had to mimic for the cameras on their TV series. Even after the Monkees began playing on their own records, Shelton remained a favorite among their session players. Shelton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame and is a member of the famous group of LA session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew".Other recording credits include:
Marvin Gaye,
Simon and Garfunkel,
Stevie Wonder,
Boz Scaggs,
Gladys Knight & the Pips,
the Jackson 5,
Neil Diamond,
John Lennon,
Barbra Streisand,
the Carpenters,
the Mamas & the Papas,
Glen Campbell,
Ella Fitzgerald,
the Partridge Family,
James Brown,
Diana Ross,
Otis Spann,
Whitney Houston,
Joe Cocker,
Kenny Rogers,
Henry Mancini,
Dave Grusin,
Quincy Jones,
Lalo Schifrin and
Victor Wooten. He played the guitar solo on Lionel Richie's hit "Hello", Boz Scaggs's "Lowdown" and David Gates' "Do You Believe He's Coming".
Shelton became a producer in the 1970s, working with recording artists including Seals and Crofts, Art Garfunkel, Amy Wooley, England Dan & John Ford Coley, as well as Australian acts Tracey Arbon, Noiseworks and Southern Sons. He remains active and continues to record, produce, and perform.
He is a 2007 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of the Wrecking Crew. In 2013 he was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.Shelton, who now resides in Australia, was reunited with the surviving Monkees (Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz) during their 2019 Australian tour, and made a special guest appearance with the group, performing his famous guitar part live on "Last Train to Clarksville" at the group's Brisbane concert on 13 June 2019.

Selected discography

As leader
Touch Me (Warner Bros. Records, 1969)
Guitar (Lightyear, 1995)
Hot & Spicy (Sin-Drome, 1998)
Urban Culture (Lightyear, 2000)
Nashville Guitars (Lightyear, 2000)
Jazz Cafe

As sideman
With Art Garfunkel

Angel Clare (Columbia Records, 1973)
Breakaway (Columbia Records, 1975)
Fate for Breakfast (Columbia Records, 1979)With Lani Hall

Sun Down Lady (A&M Records, 1972)With Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston (Arista Records, 1985)With Lulu

Lulu (Polydor Records, 1973)With Kenny Rogers

Share Your Love (Liberty Records, 1981)With Barbra Streisand

Stoney End (Columbia Records, 1971)
Barbra Joan Streisand (Columbia Records, 1971)With Lionel Richie

Can't Slow Down (Motown Records, 1983)
Dancing on the Ceiling (Motown Records, 1986)With Glen Campbell

Oh Happy Day (Capitol Records, 1970)
The Last Time I Saw Her (Capitol Records, 1971)With Al Kooper

Easy Does It (Columbia Records, 1970)
New York City (You're a Woman) (Columbia Records, 1971)With Michael Franks

Michael Franks (Brut, 1973)With Marvin Gaye

Let's Get It On (Tamla, 1973)With Teddy Pendergrass

Love Language (Asylum Records, 1984)With Dan Hill

If Dreams Had Wings (Epic Records, 1980)With Boz Scaggs

Silk Degrees (Columbia Records, 1976)With Sonny & Cher

Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs (MCA Records, 1973)With José Feliciano

José Feliciano (Motown, 1981)With Peggy Lee

Norma Deloris Egstrom from Jamestown, North Dakota (Capitol Records, 1972)With Melanie

Photograph (Atlantic Records, 1976)
Seventh Wave (Powderworks, 1983)With Sarah Vaughan

Songs of The Beatles (Atlantic Records, 1981)With Neil Diamond

Tap Root Manuscript (Uni Records, 1970)


External links
Soniiq Duo Home Page
Louis Shelton at AllMusic
Louis Shelton discography at Discogs
Louis Shelton at IMDb

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