Ralph Schuckett

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IMG_4509_editedRalph Schuckett (born March 2, 1948, Los Angeles, California) is an American keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer. He played with Clear Light 1966-68, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy 1968 to 1970, Jo Mama 1969-72, Carole King 1969-1972, Lou Reed 1972-73, Todd Rundgren and Utopia 1972-75, and, as a studio musician in both LA and NY, on albums by Carole King (notably Tapestry), James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Four Tops, Cher, Donna Summer, Kashif, Richie Havens, Patty Smyth, Phoebe Snow, The Manhattans, Rodney Crowell, Joan Osborne, Ellen Shipley and many others. His String and Brass Arrangements can be heard on recordings by Billy Joel, George Benson, Michael Bolton, Joan Osborne, Bette Midler, Bonnie Tyler, Graham Parker and others.

He produced or co-produced the albums Real by Belinda Carlisle and Tongues and Tails by Sophie B. Hawkins (which included the world wide hit, "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"), and Rescue by Clarence Clemons, on which he also co-produced tracks with Bruce Springsteen. He has co-written themes for TV shows, including Kate & Allie and Another World. The latter became a Pop and Country hit, sung by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris.

He has composed music for hundreds of TV commercials, for products such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Federal Express among others. Since 1999, he has been the Senior Composer for 4Kids Productions, providing underscores for three Pokémon feature films, as well as Animated TV Series' including Pokémon, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Yugioh, Cubix, Sonic X, Chaotic, Dinosaur King, Viva Pinata and many others.