Dynasties of L.A. Studio Musicians (Part 2): The Colemans

Percussionist and vibraphonist Gary Coleman (born 1936) worked in the Los Angeles music studios from 1965 – 2002. You can hear him on records by artists as diverse as Diana Ross, the Beach Boys, Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond, Cannonball Adderly, Tom Waits, Barry White, Bobby Darin and Ray Charles – only to name a few he played for. His work for film and TV soundtracks includes titles like Whats Up Doc, L.A. Confidential, Naked Gun, The Gladiator, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, L.A. Law and Wiseguy.

Together with Los Angeles artist Marylou Ynda-Ciletti he had three children who all became musicians: percussionist and backup singer Cole, keyboardist Lisa and David Daoud who among other instruments played cello, drums, percussion, bass and guitar and was a song writer.

Lisa, born in 1960, is the one who became best known to the public through her work with Prince and after that with her own duo Wendy and Lisa. Her partner Wendy Melvoin is the daughter of keyboardist Mike Melvoin who played on many hits recorded in Los Angeles in the nineteen-sixties. Wendy and Lisa write scores for movies and TV shows (Something New, Crossing Jordan, Heroes), work as live and studio musicians and produce other artists.

David Daoud was born in 1962 and died in 2004 from an enlarged heart. Like his sister Lisa he played with Prince. Other credits include Aimee Mann, Sheila E, Wendy and Lisa and German pop group the Rainbirds.

The oldest sister Cole Ynda (born 1958 ) performed as a percussionist and backup singer for Wendy and Lisa. Her true love though is not music but writing.

Read tomorrow about the three sons of drummer Joe Porcaro who all played in the same super group.

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One thought on “Dynasties of L.A. Studio Musicians (Part 2): The Colemans

  1. Thank you for posting the info on my father Gary Coleman, and on my whole family for that matter. I do have a comment for accuracy sake. My parents were married as Gary and Mary Lou Coleman when they had us three kids. It was later when we were grown that they divorced and my mother married artist and writer Miles Ciletti.
    Thanks again,

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