Ralph Schuckett

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Ralph Schuckett
Todd Rundgren and Utopia.jpg
Ralph on keyboards, top left, in 2011
Background information
Born (1948-03-02) March 2, 1948 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California
Origin United States
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer
Instruments Keyboards
Associated acts Clear Light, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jo Mama, Utopia

Ralph Dion Schuckett (born March 2, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is an American keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer. He played with Clear Light (1966−68), The Peanut Butter Conspiracy (1968−70), Jo Mama (1969−72), Carole King (1969−72), Lou Reed (1972−73), Todd Rundgren and Utopia (1972−75), and, as a studio musician in both LA and NY, on albums by Carole King (notably Tapestry), James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Four Tops, Cher, Donna Summer, Kashif, Richie Havens, Patty Smyth, Phoebe Snow, The Manhattans, Rodney Crowell, Joan Osborne, Ellen Shipley, Elliott Murphy and many others. His string and brass arrangements can be heard on recordings by Billy Joel, George Benson, Michael Bolton, Joan Osborne, Bette Midler, Bonnie Tyler, Graham Parker and others.

He produced or co-produced the albums Real by Belinda Carlisle and Tongues and Tails by Sophie B. Hawkins (which included the worldwide hit, "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"), and Rescue by Clarence Clemons, on which he also co-produced tracks with Bruce Springsteen. He has co-written themes for TV shows, including Kate & Allie and Another World. The latter became a pop and country hit, sung by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris.

He has composed music for hundreds of TV commercials, for products such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Federal Express among others. Since 1999, he has been the senior composer for 4Kids Productions, providing underscores for three Pokémon feature films, as well as animated TV series including Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Cubix, Sonic X, Chaotic, Dinosaur King, Viva Piñata and many others.


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