Juber performing in 2009
12 November 1952|
Stepney, East London
|Genres||Pop, rock, folk, country, blues, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, session musician|
|Associated acts||Wings, Al Stewart, Paul McCartney|
Laurence Juber (born 12 November 1952) is an English-born musician. Often considered most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1981, he has since had a distinguished career as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and studio musician. He is married to Hope Juber and they have two daughters, Nico Juber and songwriter Ilsey Juber.
Born in Stepney, East London, Juber was raised and went to school in North London. By his own account, he began playing guitar the week that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles was released. Beginning on a cheap acoustic guitar, he learned to read music early, figuring out the system of music notation for himself. He began to earn money playing the guitar at 13, and began to study classical guitar at the age of 15.
Studio work in London
Enraptured by the sounds on records of the mid- to late 1960s, he set his sights on becoming a session guitarist in London's music studios. While playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, he earned his music degree at London University's Goldsmith's College , where he expanded his horizons by playing the lute. Upon graduation, he immediately began work as a session guitarist, working on his first project with former Beatles producer George Martin on an album for Cleo Laine. Amongst other studio work, in 1977, Juber was booked by London-based orchestral contractor David Katz along with session drummer Peter Boita to go to Paris for a week to record in Barclay Records' studios to make an album with Charles Aznavour. Sung entirely in French, the album, Je n'ai pas vu le temps passer..., went on to become one of Aznavour's biggest selling French language albums of all time. Perhaps most famously, Juber played the James Bond theme for the movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
Juber gave up a lucrative and successful studio career when invited to join Paul McCartney's band Wings in 1978. Juber later said that he agreed to join immediately "because you don't turn down that kind of job". He played on the band's Back to the Egg album (1979), as well as their subsequent UK tour. In 1980, he garnered his first Grammy Award, when Wings' track "Rockestra Theme" won the award for Best Rock Instrumental. He was miscredited as Lawrence Tuber on the sleeve for Ringo Starr's album, Stop And Smell The Roses. From this period dates his first solo album Standard Time (only released on vinyl). McCartney and former Wings guitarist Denny Laine played on the track "Maisie". Juber acknowledges that whilst he was a sideman with Wings, the role included considering himself a member of the band.
Life after Wings
After Wings disbanded in early 1981, Juber moved to the United States. In New York City, he met his future wife, Hope, and soon moved to her native California. He subsequently resumed work as a studio musician and played guitar for numerous television shows, including Happy Days, Family Ties, Home Improvement and 7th Heaven. He composed the music for A Very Brady Christmas (1988), World Gone Wild (1988) and Little Sweetheart (1990). He played guitar on Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You", Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control" and "Time of My Life" and "She's Like The Wind" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and crafted the score to the Dateline NBC documentary Children of the Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns TV documentary The Tenth Inning.
With his wife, Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan's Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It's The Housewives!
In addition to his own recording and performances, Laurence Juber has produced, arranged and played on Al Stewart's albums Between the Wars (1995), Down in the Cellar (2000), A Beach Full of Shells (2005) and Sparks of Ancient Light (2008), and occasionally performs with Stewart.
In 1990, Juber released his second solo album, Solo Flight. During the next decade he would begin to explore altered tunings, especially "DADGAD". In 2000, Juber released the solo album LJ plays the Beatles and The Collection and in 2003 the album Guitarist was released to critical acclaim. Juber's credentials as a top-tier fingerstyle guitarist continue to grow. Having been voted "Guitarist of the Year" by readers of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, as well as one of the top acoustic players of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Juber is an ambassador for his instrument as well as his own music. He has released many critically acclaimed solo albums, and has earned a second Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental for his solo guitar arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" on the CD Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar. Juber has also released a series of instructional CDs that teach basic music theory and arrangement techniques for guitarists and has three folios of his arrangements of pop songs published by Hal Leonard.
- 1982: Standard Time
- 1990: Solo Flight
- 1993: Naked Guitar
- 1995: LJ (Remastered and reissued in 2002)
- 1997: Winter Guitar
- 1997: Groovemasters (with Preston Reed)
- 1998: Mosaic
- 1999: Altered Reality
- 2000: LJ Plays the Beatles
- 2000: The Collection
- 2001: Different Times
- 2003: Guitarist
- 2004: Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar (2005 Grammy Award-winning compilation of Henry Mancini songs)
- 2005: One Wing
- 2006: I've Got the World on Six Strings
- 2007: PCH
- 2008: Pop Goes Guitar
- 2009: Wooden Horses
- 2010: LJ Plays the Beatles Vol.2
- 2011: Children of the Harvest
- 2012: Soul of Light
- 2013: Catch LJ Live!
- 2013: Under an Indigo Sky
- 2015: Fingerboard Road
- 2016: Holidays & Hollynights
- 2017: LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles!
- 2018: Standard Time digital re-release
- Lawrence, Robb. (2008). The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915–1963. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-04861-9.
- McGee, Garry (2003). Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-87833-304-2.
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- "Biography: Lawrence Juber". C.F. Martin & Company. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- Deriso, Nick. "Book Review: Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir, by Laurence Juber". Something Else!. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
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