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Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 11, 1952
FactDedicated his album "Wes Bound" (1992) to his idol Wes Montgomery.

Lee Ritenour is an American jazz guitarist who has been active since the late 1960s. He has played on over 3000 recordings and has won numerous awards, including Grammy Awards. Ritenour was born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952. His father, Oscar Ritenour, was a big band leader and his mother, Helen Ritenour, was a singer. Ritenour has two brothers, George and Mark. Ritenour was exposed to music at an early age and began playing the guitar when he was eight years old. He was influenced by a variety of guitarists including Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd. Ritenour attended the University of Southern California where he studied guitar with Howard Roberts. He also studied classical guitar with Andrés Segovia.

Ritenour’s professional career began in 1968 when he was asked to play on a recording by the Mamas and the Papas. He went on to play with a variety of artists including Herb Alpert, Stanley Turrentine, and Simon and Garfunkel. In 1976, Ritenour released his debut album, First Course. The album featured a number of guest artists including Herbie Hancock and Joe Sample. The album was a critical and commercial success. Ritenour’s second album, Captain Fingers, was released in 1977. The album featured Ritenour’s trademark guitar sound and was another critical and commercial success. Ritenour has released over 30 albums as a leader and has worked with a number of different musicians including Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, and B.B. King.

Ritenour has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Kathryn Harrold from 1979 to 1985. His second marriage was to singer-songwriter Peggy Lee from 1986 to 1994. Ritenour has three children: sons Wesley and Justin, and daughter Olivia.

Ritenour is a highly respected guitarist who has influenced a generation of guitarists. He is known for his smooth, lyrical style of playing and his ability to seamlessly blend different genres of music. Ritenour is an accomplished musician who has had a successful career spanning over four decades.

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Full NameLee Ritenour
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 11, 1952
ProfessionRecord producer, Guitarist, Composer, Is It You?, Rio Funk, Night Rhythms, Denmark, Århus C, Denmark, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States
EducationUniversity of Southern California


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella, Porin Award for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album, Is It You?, Rio Funk, Night Rhythms, Denmark, Århus C, Denmark, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States
Music GroupsFourplay, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Is It You?, Rio Funk, Night Rhythms, Denmark, Århus C, Denmark, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
MoviesLee Ritenour: Rit Special, GRP All-Stars: Live from the Record Planet, Lee Ritenour: Live in Montreal with Special Guests, Jazz Legends Live! 8, Jazz Legends Live! 13, Jazz Legends Live! 7, Jazz Legends Live! 11, Lee Ritenour & Friends: Live from the Coconut Grove: Vols. 1 & 2, Denmark, Århus C, De...

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2The music business is more flexible than it used to be. Young musicians, if they are creative, have a positive sense of who they are, and have a vision, can almost map their own destiny. What that means is, not only do you have to be a very good musician, you have to have a head on your shoulders for business.


1Son Wesley is an accomplished drummer who often jams with Lee and his fellow musicians.
2Dedicated his album "Wes Bound" (1992) to his idol Wes Montgomery.
3Won a Grammy Award in the "Best Arrangement On An Instrumental" category for "Early A.M. Attitude" (with Dave Grusin). [1985]


Music Department

Havana1990/Imusician: guitar - uncredited
The Fabulous Baker Boys1989musician: guitar - as Lee Rittenour
Tequila Sunrise1988musician: guitar solos
Pink Floyd: The Wall1982additional musician
Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights1980TV Special musical director
Grease1978musician: guitar - uncredited
Big Wednesday1978musician: guitar - uncredited
Coma1978musician: guitar - uncredited
Demon Seed1977electronic performances
The Big Bus1976musician: guitar - uncredited
All the President's Men1976musician: guitar - uncredited
The Yakuza1974guitars - uncredited


You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown!1990TV Special documentary performer: "Red Baron"
Olivia: Soul Kiss1986Video short "Emotional Tangle", "Toughen Up"
American Flyers1985writer: "Brand New Day"
Olivia Newton-John: Twist of Fate1984Video short writer: "Tied Up"
An Officer and a Gentleman1982arranger: "Theme from 'An Officer and a Gentleman'" 1982 / performer: "Theme from 'An Officer and a Gentleman'" 1982, "Love Theme From 'An Officer And A Gentleman'" / writer: "Love Theme From 'An Officer And A Gentleman'"
Moment by Moment1978"Everybody Needs Love"


Shannon's Deal1990TV Series
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1988TV Series 1 episode
American Flyers1985
Lee Ritenour: RIT/Special - Lee Ritenour Live1984Video documentary


Jazz at the White House2016TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Unsung2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Jazz for Japan2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nathan East: For the Record2014DocumentaryHimself
Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis: Showcase2006TV MovieHimself
An Evening of Fourplay: Volumes 1 & 21994Video
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1988TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
GRP All-Stars: Live from the Record Plant1985VideoHimself - Performer
Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Live from the Record Plant1985VideoHimself - Performer
Lee Ritenour: RIT/Special - Lee Ritenour Live1984Video documentaryHimself
New American Bandstand 19651981-1983TV SeriesHimself

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