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Steve Ferguson

Music has been the foundation of my life. I began playing piano at the age of 4, guitar at 8 and started composing at 9. I entered UCLA at 16 and took most of the music classes they offered in my first two years, including orchestration with Paul Chihara and composition with Henri Lazarof. I also performed around town with my short-lived rock 'n roll band, and recorded on Liberty Records. In 1969, I left school and embarked on a career as a singer-songwriter and session musician and went on the road playing piano with Ry Cooder.

David Geffen signed me in1971 as one of his first artists on Asylum Records. Although I recorded two albums for Asylum and Geffen professed to love my music, he admitted to not knowing how to market me because I was “too black for the white radio stations, and too white for the black stations.”

I left Asylum and signed a publishing deal with Warner Bros. Music in 1975. Jennifer Warnes recorded my song, "Mama," as did Mary McGregor. Warnes, The Carpenters, Jane Olivor, Janie Fricke, and many European artists, covered “You're the One I Love,” my best selling song to date. In the mid 70's, I had tunes recorded by other artists as well, including Karla Bonoff and Andrew Gold. I continued performing solo, opening for artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, I played various private affairs and political fund­raisers (one for then-President Clinton, another for then-Vice-President Gore), and performed a variety of functions in film and TV. In 1986, I was hired to play piano at the trend-setting restaurant 72 Market St, owned by Tony Bill and Dudley Moore, in Venice, California. Within a month I started playing at two other upscale eateries as well and found myself booked every night of the week for the next 15 years. I eventually developed a repertoire of well over 1200 pieces from widely diverse genres, all of which I performed from memory. I was fortunate in being able to play for some of the most notable and interesting people in the world, from Gene Autry to Miles Davis, from George Harrison and Ringo Starr to Zubin Mehta.

While continuing to play private parties, I decided to primarily concentrate on composing. I completed
a total of 48 piano pieces in all the 12 Major and minor keys, and then recorded and released them as "Well- Tempered Piano, Books 1 & 2." I continue to perform, compose and record, both vocal and instrumental