Leland “Lee” Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and songwriter. Sklar mainly plays bass, with which he has contributed to the creation of thousands of albums, collaborating with various international musicians. From 2007 to 2015 he joined Toto, replacing the historic bassist Mike Porcaro.
Born in Wisconsin, his family moved to California when he was still very young. At age 5 he began to play the piano. When he went to high school he wanted to continue studying piano, but in his company, there were many pianists and not bassists, so he decided, when he had the opportunity, to change instruments and became a bass player. He studied music at California State University at Northridge, where he met James Taylor and began recording the first albums with him when Taylor was early in his career.
Just then he began receiving collaboration requests to record albums, beginning his brilliant career as a session man. He has worked with Vasco Rossi, Neil Sedaka, Laura Pausini, Linda Ronstadt, Rita Coolidge, Robbie Williams, Carly Simon, Donovan, Wynonna Judd, Phil Collins, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Eros Ramazzotti, Art Garfunkel, Carole King, Cher, Joe Cocker, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Yvonne Elliman, Bill LaBounty, Miguel Bosé, Barry Mann, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Syreeta Wright, and Billy Preston, Leonard Cohen, Sheena Easton, Roberta, Paul Anka, Barbra Streisand, Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Aaron Neville, Steve Lukather, Neil Diamond, Amanda Marshall, Ricky Martin, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton – John, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Michael McDonald In the 1970s, Sklar He has teamed up with drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, and keyboardist Craig Doerge; they then formed the group called The Section, recording three albums between 1972 and 1977, and thereafter he became for some years a member of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
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