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Earl Klugh


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Earl Klugh (Born September 16, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American smooth jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer. Klugh finger picks a classical guitar with nylon strings.

At the age of 13, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when he made an appearance on the Perry Como Show. He has since been a guest on several Atkins albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these , and rhythm’ and blues influences, forming a potpourri of sweet contemporary music original to only him.

Klugh became a guitar instructor at the young age of 15, and was eventually discovered by Yusef Lateef. His career rapidly progressed to working with the likes of George Benson, George Shearing, Chick Corea, and many others. Like several other Detroit-bred entertainers, Klugh attended Mumford High School (Michigan).

For their album One on One, Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. He has since received 13 Grammy nods, millions of record and CD sales, and continues touring worldwide to this day.


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  • sl8221958

    Please don't tell my indie rock friends I sometimes listen to Earl Klugh and other smooth jazz guitarists (like Norman Brown). Oh crap, what if they read this?!

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Red-Drallek

    Incognito is a great piece of jazz Funk. Can't believe how little it is being played.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ZAKinhd

    OK. so earl klugh is great. i love Vonetta, but so far it's his only song I've gotten into. Could you fans direct me to some of his fast paced tracks?

    6 Dec 2011 Reply

    Hey I Missed you Guysss!!!!!!!

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kendiss

    You should listen to his Solo Guitar album then IbanezArtist. Satisfaction guaranteed.

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Rolaturbo

    Wonderful guitar player. One of my favourite when it comes to jazzy music.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
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    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • IbanezArtist

    OK, sometimes a little too smooth, but anyhow a great guitar player! I’d like he had no violins and orchestra on his records - it disturbes the beauty of his playing. Living Inside Your Love is a great song.

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • bump58

    He´s GREAT !!!

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Jazzmaestro

    I wish they had Life Stories!

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LordTammer

    Purely >>>>"Earl the Pearl"

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Maaarrrk

    Low Ride is not listed in the albums. It has one of the best covers......l

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • WallasOliveira

    : )

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • majal31

    love it!

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • tull1820

    Pure Class!!!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • dr3vgn

    a great jazz artist.

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MyteH3art

    yes, I will dance w/ you...'neath the moonlit sky...

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • rofano

    smooth jazz is earl klugh

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • benjaminamoah

    dance with me-so special!

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jus2smoov2moov

    Lazy dayz music - sweet

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
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