|Birth name||William Louis Shelton|
April 6, 1941 |
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, music producer|
William Louis "Louie" Shelton (born April 6, 1941) is an American guitarist and music producer.
During the 1960s,70s and 80s 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 Hey Hey We're 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, 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, Whitney Houston, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rogers, Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Victor Wooten and . He played the guitar solo on Lionel Richie's hit "Hello" and Boz Scaggs "Lowdown".
Shelton became a producer in the 1970s, working with recording artists including Seals and Crofts, Art Garfunkel, England Dan & John Ford Coley, as well as Australian acts Noiseworks and Southern Sons. He remains active and continues to record, produce, and perform.
- Touch Me (Warner Bros., 1969)
- Hot & Spicy (Sin-Drome, 1988)
- Guitar (Lightyear, 1996)
- Urban Culture (Lightyear, 2000)
- Nashville Guitars (Lightyear, 2000)
Souvenir Jazz Cafe'
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With Lalo Schifrin
- Rock Requiem (Verve, 1971)
- Baraka, Rhonda (29 August 2000). "Louie Shelton Brings Spirit Of Nightlife To Urban Culture". MTV News.
- "Louis Shelton". The Wrecking Crew Outtake Theater. The Wrecking Crew. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- Bryson, Alan (27 January 2010). "Louie Shelton: In Session". All About Jazz.
- Shelton, Louis. Legendary Guitarist Louis Shelton. Interview with John Reid. Jazz Radio on the Gold Coast. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- Soniiq Duo Home Page
- Louis Shelton at AllMusic
- Louis Shelton discography at Discogs
- Louis Shelton at the Internet Movie Database