Steve George

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Steve George (nickname: Slug), born on May 20th, 1955 in Illinois was committed to piano at a very early age. He took a lot of private piano lessons. After his family moved from Illinois to Phoenix, Arizona Steve became more interested in playing saxophone. Toward the end of high school he started working in club bands playing keyboards again. He owes a lot to his high school music teacher Charles Boyer who taught him lots of theory, orchestration and arrangements. Steve admits he loves listening to classical music, fusion and jazz. He used to listen to Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Jan Hammer, Chick Corea and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Once he was in high school he persuaded his parents to buy him his first synthesizer, a Mini Moog.

By the time he was 19, back in 1974, he was playing in Los Angeles with a group called "Andy Hardy", named after his favorite movie character. His childhood friend Richard Page joined the band to replace the only black member who left to bcome a Jehova's witness. Quite soon he left the band again to study in San Diego.

A year later Richard Page called Steve to get together again, with John Lang, so they rejoined in L.A. to record a demo of original music. At first there were no record companies interested, but they caught the attention of Epic Records A&R-man Bobby Colomby (ex-drummer of Blood, Sweat and Tears) who offered them to sign a record deal. Pages was born. After making three albums over the course of four years Steve and Richard Page decided to take a different tack. Pages had trouble developping an easily identifiable sound. They broke up in 1981.

However, through the years Steve and Richard Page became highly respected songwriters and backing vocalists. They worked for a wide range of artists such as Molly Hatchet, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Amy Grant, Mötley Crüe, Barry Manilow, Twisted Sister, Kenny Loggins, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Sheena Easton, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Carole Bayer Sager, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne and even sung Village People's tunes together with Tom Kelly and Chicago's Bill Champlin.

Shortly after Pages broke up, they agreed to go on tour with Andy Gibb (Bee Gees) as backing vocalists and keyboard players. During the tour they decided to form a band that would record together, perform together and write together. In 1982 they founded Mr. Mister with guitarist Steve Farris (ex- Eddie Money) and drummer Pat Mastelotto (ex- Shandi). They recorded 3 albums. The second one, "Welcome to the real world", was there commercial breakthrough and spawned two #1-hits. After the disappointing third album Steve Farris left the band. Mr. Mister finished a fourth album by the end of 1989, but due to problems with their label the album has never been released. The band broke up and the members decided to go their own way exploring new fields.

After the split of Mr. Mister Steve still worked together with Richard Page from time to time. They did session work for Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Elvis Costello and Richard Marx. Most recently Steve assisted on Kenny Loggins' "Outside: From the Redwoods" (1993) and "The unimaginable life" (1997). He also contributed to Richard Page's first solo album "Shelter me " in 1996.

Apart from these facts there's no news concerning his latest activities. Steve is still living in Phoenix, Arizona.

Medio 1998 there is some interesting news: Steve George is busy writing and recording his first solo album, release due end of 1998.The idea had been on his mind for a long time, but after he stopped working as Kenny Loggins' music director (1991 - 1997) he finally had the time to pursue his dreams.

 

Personal Discography

 
Year Artist Album title Contribution
1978 Pages Pages vocals - backing vocals - lyrics- keys
1979 Pages Future Street vocals - backing vocals - lyrics - keys
1980 Peter Allen Bi-coastal vocals
1980 Al Jarreau This time synthesizer
1981 Pages Pages backing vocals - keys - lyrics
1981 Herb Alpert Magic man backing vocals
1981 Carole Bayer Sager Sometimes late at night backing vocals
1981 Engelbert Humperdinck Don't you love me anymore backing vocals
1981 Al Jarreau Breakin' away backing vocals
1981 Jeff Lorber It's a fact vocals
1981 Manhattan Transfer Mecca for the moderns synthesizer
1982 Randy Crawford Windsong backing vocals
1982 Kenny Loggins High adventure backing vocals
1982 Barry Manilow Oh Julie! backing vocals
1982 Juice Newton Quiet lies backing vocals
1982 Ric Ocasek Beatitude drums
1982 Tom Scott Desire backing vocals - songwriter
1982 Donna Summer Donna Summer backing vocals
1982 Joseph Williams Joseph Williams backing vocals
1983 Al Jarreau Jarreau synthesizer
1983 Marc Jordan Hole in the wall backing vocals
1983 Ministry With symphaty percussion - drums - keyboards
1984 Mr. Mister I wear the face keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1984 Laura Branigan Self control backing vocals
1984 Neil Diamond Primitive backing vocals
1984 Sheena Easton Private hevaen backing vocals
1984 Soundtrack Footloose backing vocals
1984 Al Jarreau High crime synthesizer
1984 Soundtrack Savage streets keyboards
1984 Al Jarreau Live in London backing vocals
1984 Leo Syaer Have you ever been in love backing vocals
1985 Mr. Mister Welcome to the real world keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1985 Elliot Easton Change no change drums
1985 Amy Grant Unguarded backing vocals
1985 Kenny Loggins Vox humana backing vocals
1985 Melissa Manchester Mathematics backing vocals
1985 Greg Phillinganes Pulse backing vocals
1985 Pointer Sisters Contact backing vocals - synthesizer - keyb.
1985 Soundtrack St. Elmo's Fire backing vocals
1986 Eddie Money Can't hold back backing vocals - keyboards
1986 Soundtrack Youngblood keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1986 Soundtrack American Anthem keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1986 Soundtrack Fine mess keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1987 Mr. Mister Go on... keyboards - backing vocals - lyrics
1987 Grover Washington Jr. Strawberry moon songwriter
1988 Kenny Loggins Back to Avalon backing vocals - keyboards
1988 Soundtrack Stand and deliver keyboards - backing vocals- lyrics
1989 Kool moe Dee Greatest hits engineer
1990 Marc Jordan C.O.W. (Conserve our world) backing vocals
1990 Cher Love hurts backing vocals
1990 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Bela Fleck & The Flecktones synthesizer
1990 Najee Tokyo blue songwriter
1990 Wayne Boyer This one's for me songwriter
1991 Elvis Costello Mighty like a rose backing vocals
1991 Richard Marx Rush Street backing vocals
1992 Toto Kingdome of desire backing vocals
1992 Fish Karma Sunnyslope bass - steel guitar
1993 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Code red engineer
1993 Kenny Loggins Outside: From the redwoods piano - backing vocals
1993 Marc Russo Window piano
1994 John Tesh Sax by the fire songwriter
1994 Benoit Tab & Russ Freeman Benoit Freeman Project backing vocals
1995 Soundtrack Changing faces engineer
1996 Neil Diamond In my lifetime backing vocals
1996 Richard Page Shelter me backing vocals
1996 Leo Sayer Show must go on: Anthology backing vocals
1996 Michael Ross Last love letter engineer
1996 John Tesh Discovery songwriter
1997 Ed Cherry Second look keyboards
1997 DeBarge Ultimate Collection arranger
1997 Kenny Loggins Yesterday, today , tomorrow: Greatest Hits backing vocals
1997 Kenny Loggins The unimaginable life keyboards
1997 Gloria Gaynor Greatest Hits (Galaxy) songwriter
1998 Various Artists Best of smooth jazz vol. 3 backing vocals
1998 Swervedriver 99th Dream multi instruments
? Michel Berger Dreams in stone backing vocals
? Ministry Ministry (compilation) perussion - drums - keyboards
? Nancy Wilson Friends in love backing vocals - keyboards - synth.
? Marc Jordan A hole in the wall backing vocals
? Robert Kraft Retro active backing vocals
? George Howard Reflections songwriter
? East to west East to west songwriter
? Paul Clark Out of the shadow backing vocals

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