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 Gary Corbett

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Gary Corbett

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Death 14 Jul 2021 (aged 62)
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Memorial ID 229543614 View Source
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Musician. He started playing piano at the age of four, and started earning money by playing private parties on weekends by the age of 10. Always a fan of 1960s pop radio and its diversity, he honed his skills, playing in a variety of bands, and by high school, he was working every weekend in a variety of genres and styles including an authentic 1940s style big band that included musicians from Doc Severinson's Tonight Show Band, and, of course, lots of rock, and funk/soul bands. After graduating high school, he hit the road with underground New York punk rock singer Cherry Vanilla. Later that year, Gary got a call to go out on the road with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, to promote Ian's, "You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic" album. The rest of the 1970s was filled with gigs in New York's hottest clubs, and endless hours in various recording studios around the city. In the 1980s, he co-wrote "She Bop" with Steve Lunt for Cyndi Lauper. The success of Cyndi Lauper's debut album, "She's So Unusual" which at last count, has sold over 16,000,000 worldwide, and earned Cyndi a Grammy, for "Best New Artist, earned Gary, a #3 single (RIAA certified "Gold"), a #2 Album (RIAA certified 7x "Platinum"), and multiple awards from BMI. The success of that record, not only introduced him to New York's busiest musicians, it enabled him to embrace the cutting-edge technology of the day. With his first royalty check, he bought a new Yamaha DX7, and an Apple IIe home computer, complete with MIDI interface. Being one of the "first kids on the block" with these amazing new tools, Gary quickly became one of New York's busiest keyboard player/programmers, a position that had become a necessity in the studio, and, the way most Pop Records were being done. After a few years of working in most of the studios around town, Gary was finishing a project at Electric Lady Studios. During a break, standing around the coffee machine, a casual conversation, with a fellow keyboardist, led him to being hired for Lou Gramm's debut Solo Tour, to support Lou's hit single "Midnight Blue" and "Ready or Not" Album. Before that tour was done, Gary was asked to go out on the next KISS tour ('87 Crazy Nights) to play keyboards which he continued to do until 1992. In between KISS tours, Gary managed to tour and record, with many other artists, including tours as musical director for Debbie Gibson and Taylor Dayne, and in the beginning of 1991, he joined up with Cinderella, for their "Heartbreak Station" tour, which generated the Platinum DVD "Last Train out of Heartbreak Station". Working with the band also earned Gary a Platinum Album for the Soundtrack of the Hit Movie, "Wayne's World" for playing on the Cinderella track, "Hot and Bothered." In 1997, he was ready for a change. While doing a gig in Miami, with Gerardo Velez' "Thunderclub All Stars" which featured Slash, Bernard Fowler, Carmine Rojas, and Robin Bachman, he fell in love with Florida left New York. Soon after relocating, he connected with some of Miami's Reggae musicians, and found himself playing at the annual "Bob Marley Festival", just a couple of months after arriving. This led to his work, with the Marley family, including playing on Gospel and children's records by Bob's Mom, "Mother Booker"as well as the Grammy award winning CDs by Damian Marley (2007 "Welcome to Jamrock") and Stephen Marley (2008 "Mind Control") He also played on Ziggy Marley's "Dragonfly" CD as well as numerous others produced by Stephen, for other family members. Working with the Marley's, were some of Gary's favorite musical experiences of his career. During this time, he partnered with some fellow ex-New Yorkers, and built a state of the art, two-room recording studio, complete with a 56-channel SSL console, and a second programming suite, which was used for various projects that he produced, including the 2000 CD released by Deborah Gibson. A very wide variety of music was done in that studio. In 2003 Gary rekindled an old relationship, when he went back out on the road with Lou Gramm, for a tour, and then he joined up with southern rockers' "Molly Hatchett." This awakened his love for the road again, and after moving to Nashville in 2004, he went out with Cinderella, to headline the "Rock Never Stops" tour, in the summer of 2005. He quickly connected with the Nashville "scene" and soon became a resident. He was working regularly in many of the recording studios and legendary night spots around town including "BB Kings," "Wildhorse Saloon" and "Tootsies". Always up for something different, he embraced country music, and for the next eight years, toured the country with Chris Cagle, and still managed to squeeze in tours with Cinderella in 2006, 2010 and 2011. His love of all genres of music inspired him to explore the world of music for film/TV, and in 2014, he composed the score for the Emmy award winning documentary: "Hunger in America" narrated by actor James Denton. This led him back to the classroom to study Orchestration, as well as the more technical side of music for media. He passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

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