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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 2, 1948

Larry Carlton's own musical story began in Southern California. He picked up his first guitar when he was only six years old. He was introduced to jazz in junior high school after hearing The Gerald Wilson Big Band album, Moment of Truth, with guitarist Joe Pass. Larry then became interested in Barney Kessel, Wes Montgornery and the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane was also a major influence on Carlton, beginning with Coltrane's 1962 classic Ballads.

In 1968 he recorded his first LP, With A Little Help From My Friends (Uni). The enthusiastic industry response garnered him a place among jingle singers The Going Thing, recording on camera and radio commercials for Ford. Mid-season in his second year, he segued to Musical Director for Mrs. Alphabet, an Emmy-nominated children's show on the same network. It was here that Carlton showcased his acting skills, performing as the show's co-star, “Larry Guitar.”...
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Featured recording “Plays The Sound of Philadelphia”

Plays The Sound of Philadelphia

335 Records
2011
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    Unplugged

    HighNote
    2013
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    Plays The Sound of Philadelphia

    335 Records
    2011
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    Greatest Hits Recorded Volume One

    335 Records
    2009
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    Live in Tokyo

    335 Records
    2009
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    Incontournables

    HighNote
    2008
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    Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One

    HighNote
    2007
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    Live In Tokyo With Special Guest Robben Ford

    HighNote
    2007
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