Guitar With Wings
Inspired by the wave of Beatlemania that swept the UK in 1963, Laurence Juber developed a passion for the guitar and the ambition to make playing it his career. Laurence studied at London’s Goldsmith’s College and performed with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Becoming one of London’s top studio guitarists, his playing was featured on the soundtrack of The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Cerrone, Sarah Brightman, Rosemary Clooney, Charles Aznavour, Lucio Battiste and Colin Blunstone, among many others.
First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 22 solo albums. The latest, Under an Indigo Sky (Solid Air Records) is a jazz/blues tinged studio album that was mixed at Hollywood’s legendary Capitol Studios by top jazz recording engineer Al Schmitt and first released only on vinyl.His concurrent release from the same label Catch LJ Live!, is a two-disc combo that captures one exciting solo concert performance in 5.1 video and on CD.
LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. Juber's solo arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" earned him a second Grammy.His arrangement of "Stand By Me" was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial.His DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best high sound.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber also co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game
Diablo III and crafted the score to the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.
With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan's Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It's The Housewives!
In 1978, Laurence Juber was plucked from the London studio world by Paul McCartney, who asked him to play lead guitar in what was to become the final incarnation of Paul’s post-Beatles group Wings.
He recorded and toured with the band for three years, during which time they won a Grammy® and scored numerous chart hits. The band has enjoyed a popularity that goes beyond simply that of Paul McCartney’s 70's era backing group. This book brings that final chapter to life with a unique collection of unseen photographs, stories and memorabilia that show Wings at work and play.
When Wings folded in 1981, the guitarist relocated to the USA and settled in Los Angeles to raise a family. Since then he has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand studio players and has gained world-wide recognition as a virtuoso concert performer, recording artist and composer.