Over the past several decades you would have heard Louie Shelton’s signature guitar riffs and solos on more hit records than any other session guitarist in history. While there are too many to mention, some of his classics include, Boz Scaggs‘ “Low Down”, Lionel Richie’s “Hello”, Neil Diamond’s “Play Me”, The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and “I’ll Be There, The Monkees’ “Last Train To Clarksville” and “Valerie”. Some of the other artists Louie recorded with include John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rodgers, The Mamas & Papas, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.
Not only did Louie play guitar on Seals & Crofts greatest hits, “Summer Breeze”, “Diamond Girl”, “We May Never Pass This Way Again” and “Get Closer”, he produced their many Gold and Platinum albums. Some of Louie’s other production credits include Art Garfunkle, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dan Seals, Cory Wells (of Three Dog Night), Jane Oliver, The Southern Sons, Mother Hubbard and Nashville Guitars.
As a recording artist, Louie has released six albums to date… “Jazz Cafe”, “Touch Me”, “Guitar”, “Hot & Spicy”, “Urban Culture” and “Nashville Guitars”. Louie’s seventh studio album “Bluesland” was just released in July 2016.
While successfully working within all facets of the music industry in Los Angeles for many years, which includes session guitarist, recording artist, record production, and composing and playing on countless movie scores and television shows, Louie had the opportunity of working closely with the great composers Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifron. Some of his film/T.V. credits include J.W. Coope, The World Around Us, The Changing World, Crocodile Man, Traveling South, Outlaw Josey Wales with Clint Eastwood, Klute with Jane Fonda & Donald Sutherland, Bloody Mama with Robert De Niro & Shelley Winters
In 1984 Louie and his family moved to Australia where he opened his recording studio in downtown Sydney. Within the first year he put together and developed one of Australia’s most successful bands, Noiseworks, which he secured a major record contract for with Sony Records. Over the years Louie continued to produce several bands, including Southern Sons, Mother Hubbard, The Wolverines and Bleu Tongue, and was involved with such artists as Tommy Emanuel, Rick Price and Human Nature.
Louie and his family have since returned to Australia after ten years in Nashville and have chosen to live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, where he has a recording studio and does not intend to slow down any time soon. He recently completed another CD for The Wolverines, and is just finishing his second CD with Victoria McGee and two of his new solo CD’s,”Something Live” featuring Victor Wooten and “Souvenir” featuring instrumental versions of some of the hits he played on such as Lowdown, I Want You Back, Hello and I’ll Be There.
As always, Louie is looking for talented Australians to develop and present to both the Australian and American music market. As he continues to have professional ties and commitments in the States, Louie will continue to commute back and forth for film work and productions.
SAMPLE OF THE HIT ALBUMS LOUIE HAS PLAYED ON / PRODUCED…