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Karl Rucker`s bewildered parents watched their progeny bang out passages from beethoven`s symphonies on the family piano at the age of four in their comfortable home in chicago,and realized that their son would not follow the path of his parents-both doctors-into a stable profession. Little Karl`s talents quickly spread to trumpet,piano,drums,guitar and bass throughout his childhood until, at the age of fifteen, he found himself in a band(THE SPECIALS), signed to a label, with recordings set up for his first album. This led Karl travelling the country on a package tour, often with the likes of the jackson 5. he went on to play bass with the chi-lites and many other R&B bands of the era. Moving to Hawaii at the age of nineteen,to play with Jesse Morgan and later Los Angeles, karl has toured and recorded with numerous artists including: Diana Ross,Donna Summer, Chaka Kahn, The Butts Band(formerly THE DOORS),Long John Baldry, Cher, Ike&Tina Turner, The Village People, Deborah Harry, Irene Cara, Steven Stills, Tanya Tucker, Brenda Russell, and Jonathan Cain(JOURNEY),He was also band leader writer and producer for NINA HAGEN, with whom he worked for more than ten years.


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