Terry Fryer Biography

Chicago area keyboardist Terry Fryer was an in-demand session musician for both recording dates and jingle sessions during the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Opening his own Terry Fryer Music, he composed jingles for high-profile clients like Kraft, Ford Motor Company, Kellogg, Coors, WGN-TV, the Chicago Cubs, and Proctor and Gamble. Fryer also did some songwriting, frequently collaborating with jingle singer Keithen Carter. The duo had a song covered on Chicago soul vocal group Heaven and Earth's 1979 Mercury album Fantasy.

Fryer's keyboards can also be heard on the following: Natalie Cole's This Will Be: Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love, the Manhattans' Black Tie and The Best of the Manhattans, James Young's Out on a Day Pass, and The Electric Collection by fellow Chicagoan Ramsey Lewis. He also wrote and produced music for such classics as The Blues Brothers, Groundhog Day, and Dirty Dancing whose multi-platinum soundtrack remained at #1 of Billboard Magazine's 100 Top Albums for 18 weeks.

With over 30 million units sold, songwriting and producing credits range from works for R&B greats Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, and Peabo Bryson; to jazz songstress Natalie Cole; to country music legend Willie Nelson.

In the midst of it all, the prolific musician authored a book for Milwaukee, WI, publisher Hal Leonard titled - A Practical Approach to Digital Sampling.


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