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Laurence Juber
Average (52 Votes)
Instruments Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Laurence Juber, was born in 1952 in Stepney, East London, England, making him a third generation Cockney. He grew up in North London, where inspired by the explosive British pop scene of the early ‘60s, Juber first played a guitar at age 11. He was playing professionally by the time he was 13 and quickly established himself as an accomplished and versatile musician. His career goal was to become a studio guitarist.

Laurence became a featured soloist for England’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra and other bands, earning a music degree at London University while also playing guitar for Jesus Christ Superstar and other musicals in London’s West End. Subsequently he became a highly in-demand studio player, contributing to many recordings, ranging from The Alan Parsons Project and Rosemary Clooney to playing the lead guitar on the Academy Award nominated soundtrack to The Spy Who Loved Me.

In 1978, Paul McCartney asked Laurence to become the lead guitarist for his band Wings. He recorded and toured with the band for three years, and was featured on the hit singles Goodnight Tonight and Coming Up. He won the first ‘Best Rock Instrumental’ Grammy award for the track Rockestra from the album BACK TO THE EGG and participated in the all-star lineup for the UNICEF ‘Concerts for The People of Kampuchea’.

After McCartney folded Wings in 1981, Juber moved to the United States where he met his wife Hope. They settled in the Los Angeles area where he concentrated on raising a family while resuming his studio career.

He played on such classic Eighties TV shows as Happy Days and Family Ties. During this time he began working with Hope as musical director, lead guitar and co-producer for her popular comedy rock ‘n’ roll group The Housewives. Together they also wrote the score to Gilligan‘s Island, The Musical, based on the hit TV show created by Hope’s father Sherwood Schwartz.

Laurence’s studio career was flourishing as he worked on countless albums, movies and TV shows with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Monkees, Belinda Carlisle, Air Supply and Paul Williams. His playing was featured on the mega-platinum soundtrack to the movie Dirty Dancing as well as such TV favorites as Roseanne and Beverly Hills 90210. On camera, he was featured guitarist on the Young And The Restless for six years.

Juber released his first solo album, Solo Flight in 1990 which first showcased his fingerstyle guitar work. His next CD, Naked Guitar solidified his reputation among guitar fans and he began touring internationally as a solo concert performer.

Concurrently, he was developing his career as a composer. Laurence, who was becoming known as LJ, scored the critically acclaimed Lorimar feature World Gone Wild; the BBC-TV movie Little Sweetheart; the CBS-TV movie A Very Brady Xmas and the world-wide syndicated live-action TV series Tarzan.

LJ also teamed up with singer-songwriter Al Stewart (Year Of The Cat). They toured as a duo and Laurence produced, and is featured on Al’s album, Between The Wars.

Juber continued to pursue his passion for fingerstyle guitar with the release of LJ, which explored altered guitar tunings and ensemble performance. His wife Hope joined on as a producer with Winter Guitar, a relationship that has continued through Mosaic, Altered Reality, Different Times, Guitarist and the best-selling LJ Plays The Beatles.

Always continuing with studio work, his playing has been featured on the Oscar-winning scores to Pocahontas and Good Will Hunting, as well as such long-running TV shows as Home Improvement, Boy Meets World and Seventh Heaven.

He continues to work with Hope, receiving the prestigious Artistic Director Award from the San Fernando Valley Theater League for their children’s musicals The Princess & The Frog and Mother Goose and more recently composing the score to her script for the TV movie The Brady Bunch In The White House.

Laurence was voted #1 Guitarist by the readers of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and was honored by the venerable Martin guitar company with his own ‘LJ’ signature model, which was recognized with the coveted Editors Pick Award by Guitar Player Magazine.

Released in 2003, LJ’s DVD-Audio/Video project on AIX Records entitled Guitar Noir was placed at the top of DVD Etc.’s list of the “Best Multi-channel Audio Releases” in the 2004 May/June issue!

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