He is probably the most famous bass player you never heard of. His name is Lel…

Written by on May 29, 2018


He is probably the most famous bass player you never heard of.

His name is Leland Sklar and he is celebrating his 71st birthday today. Sklar studied music at California State University, Northridge. It was during that time he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass at some venues. They both thought that the work would be short-term, but soon Taylor’s career took off with his first hit records, and Sklar came into the limelight. He was soon asked to record with others, and his long career began. Here is a partial list of some of the over 2000 albums that leland has played on. This list does not include his work in movies or for television. (Beware, it’s a long list)

So before you start on the list let us say Happy Birthday Leland!! This is impressive!!!

Air Supply — The Vanishing Race (1993)
Peter Allen — I Could Have Been a Sailor (1979)
America — Alibi (1980)
Bronson Arroyo — Covering the Bases (2005)
Hoyt Axton: – Road Songs (1977) – Pistol Packin’ Mama/Spin of the Wheel (1998)
Barefoot Servants: – Barefoot Servants (1994) – Barefoot Servants 2 (2005)
Carole Bayer Sager: -Carole Bayer Sager (1977) -Too (1978) -Sometimes Late at Night (1981)
Py Backman — P20Y10 (2010)
Cat Beach— Love Me Out Loud — (2009)
Regina Belle — Passion (1993)
Barbi Benton — Something New (1975)
Marc Benno and the Nightcrawlers — Crawlin (2009)
Louis Bertignac – Suis-Moi (2014)
Stephen Bishop — Bish (1978)
Clint Black: -The Hard Way — (1992) -No Time to Kill — (1993) -Looking for Christmas — (1995) -Nothin’ but the Taillights — (1997) –
Christmas with You — (2004)
Ronee Blakley — Ronee Blakley (1972)
Suzy Bogguss: -Aces (1991) -Voices in the Wind (1992) -Something Up My Sleeve (1993) -Simpatico (1994) -Give Me Some Wheels (1996)
Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt (1998)
Karla Bonoff — Karla Bonoff (1977)
Laura Branigan — Branigan (1982)
Sarah Brightman — As I Came of Age (1998)
Cate Brothers – Cate Brothers (1975)
Jackson Browne: -Jackson Browne (1972) -For Everyman (1973) -The Pretender (1976) -Running on Empty (1977)
Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack — Born to Love (1983)
Jimmy Buffett — Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992)
Steve Camp — Consider the Cost (1991)
Glen Campbell — Bloodline (1976)
Eric Carmen — Change of Heart (1978)
Kim Carnes: -Kim Carnes (1975) -St. Vincent’s Court (1979) -Barking at Airplanes (1985) -View from the House (1988)
David Cassidy: -The Higher They Climb (1975) -Home Is Where the Heart Is (1976)
Steven Curtis Chapman: -Heaven in the Real World (1994) -Signs of Life (1996)
Ray Charles — My World (1993)
Billy Cobham — Spectrum (1973)
Joe Cocker “Heart and Soul” (2004)
Leonard Cohen — The Future (1992)
Phil Collins: -No Jacket Required (1985) -…But Seriously (1989) -Serious Hits… Live! (1990) -…Hits (1998) -Finally, The First Farewell Tour (
Rita Coolidge:-Lady’s Not for Sale (1972) -Fall into Spring (1974) -It’s Only Love (1975) -Anytime, Anywhere (1977)
Graham Nash David Crosby (1972)
Crosby & Nash (2004)
Crosby, Stills & Nash: -Daylight Again (1982) -Live It Up (1990) -Carry On (1998)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: -Replay (1980)
David Crosby: -Thousand Roads (1993)
Catie Curtis — Catie Curtis (1997)
Paul D’Adamo — Tell Me Something (2010)
Jackie DeShannon — New Arrangement (1975)
Neil Diamond: -Lovescape (1991) -Christmas Album (1992)
Dion — Streetheart (1976)
Thomas Dolby — Astronauts and Heretics (1992)
Donovan: -7-Tease (1973) -Cosmic Wheels (1973) -Slow Down World (1976)
The Doors — Full Circle (1972)
Chris Eaton — Wonderful World (1995)
Randy Edelman: -If Love Is Real (1977) -You’re the One (1979)
England Dan & John Ford Coley — Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive (1978)
Yvonne Elliman: -Night Flight (1978) -Yvonne (1979)
Lara Fabian — Wonderful Life (2004)
Mimi Fariña — Mimi Fariña & Tom Jans (1971)
Kinky Friedman — Kinky Friedman (1974)
Richie Furay — I Still Have Dreams (1979)
Ana Gabriel — Vivencias (1996)
Art Garfunkel: -Breakaway (1975) -Songs from a Parent to a Child (1997)
Garou — Seul (2000)
Giorgio— Party Of The Century — (2010)
Vince Gill: -Way Back Home (1987) -Let There Be Peace on Earth (1993) -High Lonesome Sound (1996)
Chuck Girard — Glow in the Dark (1976)
Andrew Gold: -What’s Wrong With This Picture? (1976) -All This And Heaven Too (1978)
Amy Grant: -Legacy…Hymns and Faith (2002) -Simple Things (2003)
Tami Gunden — Celebration (1987)
Arlo Guthrie — Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (1973)
Alejandra Guzmán — Algo Natural (1999)
Sammy Hagar — The Best Of Sammy Hagar (1992)
Merle Haggard — Chicago Wind (2005)
Hall & Oates: -Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975) -Bigger Than Both of Us (1976) -Beauty on a Back Street (1977)
Don Henley — I Can’t Stand Still (1982)
Michael W. Herndon: -“Even in the Rain” (2000) -“The Spirit of the Sun” (2008)
Faith Hill — Cry (2002)
Roger Hodgson — Hai Hai (1987)
Engelbert Humperdinck — After Dark (1996)
Brian Hyland — Brian Hyland (1970)
Enrique Iglesias — Vivir (1997)
Julio Iglesias — Crazy (1994)
Freddie Jackson — Time for Love (1992)
Michael Jackson
Flaco Jiménez — Partners (1992)
John Kay — My Sportin’ Life (1973)
Casey Kelly — Casey Kelly (1972)
Carole King — Thoroughbred (1976)
Danny Kortchmar — Innuendo (1980)
Kris Kristofferson: -Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (1974) -Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame (1975) -Surreal Thing (1976)
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge — Full Moon (1973)
Leah Kunkel — Leah Kunkel (1979)
Wynonna Judd — Wynonna (1992)
Daniel Lavoie — Woman to Man (1994)
Lisa Loeb: -Firecracker (1997) -Cake and Pie (2002) -Hello Lisa (2002)
Lyle Lovett: -Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989) -Joshua Judges Ruth (1992) -The Road to Ensenada (1996) -Step Inside This House
Steve Lukather -Lukather (1998) -Ever changing times [8] (2008)
The Manhattan Transfer — Offbeat of Avenues (1991)
Amanda Marshall — Amanda Marshall (1996)
Yumi Matsutoya:
The 14th Moon (1976)
The Gates of Heaven (1990)
Dawn Purple (1991)
Tears and Reasons (1992)
acacia (2001)
Ricky Martin — Medio Vivir (1995)
Richard Marx:
Rush Street (1991)
Paid Vacation (1993)
McCluskey — A Long Time Coming (1978)
Maureen McCormick — When You Get a Little Lonely (1995)
Reba McEntire: -The Last One to Know (1987) -Sweet Sixteen (1989) -For My Broken Heart (1991) -Read My Mind (1994) -Starting Over
(1999) -Greatest Collection (2004)
Pat McGee – Pat McGee (2015)
Roger McGuinn: -Roger McGuinn (1973) -Peace on You (1974) -Born to Rock & Roll (1992)
Barry McGuire — Lighten Up (1974)
Bette Midler — Broken Blossom (1977)
Giorgio Moroder — Cat People (1982)
Miyuki Nakajima:
Hi: Wings (1999)
Tsuki: Wings (1999)
Short Stories (2000)
Lullaby for the Soul (2001)
Otogibanashi: Fairy Ring (2002)
Graham Nash — Innocent Eyes (1986)
Aaron Neville:
Aaron Neville’s Soulful Christmas (1993)
To Make Me Who I Am (1997)
Randy Newman:
Land of Dreams (1988)
Randy Newman’s Faust (1995)
Joanna Newsom — Ys (2006)
Olivia Newton-John — Making a Good Thing Better (1977)
The Oak Ridge Boys:
Heart Beat (1987)
Monongahela (1987)
Mike Oldfield:
Man On The Rocks (2014)
Nigel Olsson — Nigel Olsson (1978)
Jamie Owens — Growing Pains (1975)
Twila Paris — Perennial: Songs for the Seasons of Life (1998)
Van Dyke Parks:
Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove (1998)
Songs Cycled (2013)
Dolly Parton:
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs (1980)
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly (1980)
Heartbreak Express (1982)
Rainbow (1987)
Laura Pausini Entre Tu y Mil Mares / Tra Te e il Mare (2000)
Herb Pedersen:
Southwest (1976)
Sandman (1977)
Lonesome Feeling (1984)
Bernadette Peters:
Bernadette Peters (1980)
Bernadette (1992)
Shawn Phillips:
Faces (1972)
Bright White (1973)
Spaced (1977)
Transcendence (1978)
No Category (2002)
Poco — Legacy — (1989)
Point of Grace:
Steady On (1998)
Christmas Story (1999)
Steve Poltz — One Left Shoe (1998)
Bonnie Raitt — Nine Lives (1986)
Willis Alan Ramsey — Willis Alan Ramsey (1972)
Helen Reddy — Helen Reddy (1971)
Cliff Richard — Heathcliff — (1996)
Turley Richards — (1971)Expressions
LeAnn Rimes:
Twisted Angel (2002)
What a Wonderful World (2004)
Lee Ritenour — Banded Together (1984)
Johnny Rivers — Last Train to Memphis (1998)
Linda Ronstadt:
Don’t Cry Now (1973)
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind (1989)
Winter Light (1994)
Feels Like Home (1995)
We Ran (1998)
Mi Jardín Azul: Las Canciones Favoritas (2004)
Diana Ross:
To Love Again (1981)
Force Behind the Power (1991)
Vasco Rossi — Buoni o Cattivi (2004)
Jennifer Rush — Heart Over Mind (1987)
Marta Sánchez:
Desconocida (1998)
Soy Yo (2002)
David Sanborn — Love Songs (1976)
Véronique Sanson:
Zenith 93 (1993)
Comme ils l’imaginent (1996)
Indestructible (1998)
D’un papillon à une étoile (1999)
Leo Sayer — Leo Sayer (1978)
Joey Scarbury — America’s Greatest Hero (1981)
Darrell Scott — Family Tree (1999)
2nd Chapter of Acts:
Singer Sower (1984)
Roar of Love (1978)
The Section:
Section (1972)
Forward Motion (1973)
Fork It Over (1977)
Neil Sedaka:
Hungry Years (1975)
Sedaka’s Back (1975)
Steppin’ Out (1976)
In the Pocket (1980)
Vonda Shepard — Heart and Soul: New Songs From Ally McBeal (1999)
Carly Simon — Playing Possum (1975)
Ricky Skaggs:
Love’s Gonna Get Ya (1986)
My Father’s Son (1991)
Michael W. Smith:
I’ll Lead You Home (1995)
Christmastime (1998)
Christmas Collection (2004)
The Spencer Davis Group — Mousetrap (1972)
Jimmie Spheeris — The Original Tap Dancing Kid (1973)
Rick Springfield — Mission Magic (1974)
John Stewart — The Lonesome Picker Rides Again (1971)
Rod Stewart:
Atlantic Crossing (1975)
A Night on the Town (1976)
Stephen Stills:
Stills (1975)
Turnin’ Back the Pages (2003)
George Strait:
Ocean Front Property (1987)
Strait Out of the Box (1995)
Barbra Streisand — Love Like Ours (1999)
Daryl Stuermer — Live & Learn (1998)
Donna Summer — The Wanderer (1980)
Talbot Bros. — Talbot Bros. (1974)
James Taylor:
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971)
One Man Dog— (1972)
Gorilla— (1975)
Greatest Hits— (1976)
In the Pocket— (1976)
JT— (1977)
Flag— (1979)
Dad Loves His Work— (1981)
That’s Why I’m Here— (1985)
Never Die Young— (1988)
Live in Rio— (1991)
The Best of James Taylor— (2003)
Kate Taylor — Sister Kate (1971)
Livingston Taylor — There You Are Again (2005)
Billy Thorpe:
Children Of The Sun (1979)
21st Century Man (1981)
Terence Trent d’Arby — Terence Trent d’Arby’s Symphony or Damn (1993)
Tanya Tucker — Should I Do It (1981)
Michelle Tumes — Dream (2001)
Anna Vissi — Everything I Am (2001)
Clay Walker:
Clay Walker (1993)
Live, Laugh, Love — (1999)
Few Questions — (2003)
Jennifer Warnes — Well (2001)
The Weather Girls — Success (1983)
Jimmy Webb:
Angel Heart (1982)
Suspending Disbelief (1993)
Bernie Williams — The Journey Within (2003)
Paul Williams — Back to Love Again (1999)
Robbie Williams — Escapology (2002)
Wilson Phillips — Shadows and Light (1992)
Lee Ann Womack — Something Worth Leaving Behind (2002)
Trisha Yearwood — Everybody Knows (1996)
Takuro Yoshida — Long Time No See (1996)
Jesse Colin Young — Walk the Talk (2003)
Warren Zevon:
Excitable Boy — (1978)
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School — (1980)
The Envoy — (1982)
Sentimental Hygiene — (1987)
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (An Anthology) — (1996)




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