Born in 1947, Leland "Lee" Bruce Sklar1947 is a premiere American Musician, Singer-songwriter and film score composer. A prominent bass guitarist, Lee has contributed to thousands of albums as a session musician. He has collaborated with a number of well-known performers and recorded sound tracks to films and television shows. Lee is known by his family members as "Father Time".
Lee is known for his distinctive long flowing beard. He toured with Toto beginning in 2007 until the band broke up in 2008. He was filling in for Mike Porcaro, who became ill with a nerve disease. On January 19, 2009, he appeared as the bassist in concert in Los Angeles at a farewell Bush concert, backing Harry Shearer (Le Show, voices of several Simpsons characters, etc.). The show was called Harry Shearer and the High Value Detainees "Bye Bye Bushmen" Concert. The album by the Bushmen is now Grammy nominated in the comedy category. He and most of the other musicians wore orange prison-style detainee jumpsuits.
Born in Wisconsin, Lee's family moved to Southern California when he was very young. He started playing piano at age five. By the time he started secondary school his intention was to continue to study the piano. There were, however, a surfeit of pianists and no string bass players. When given the possibility to study the bass, Lee made the change.
Lee studied music at California State University, Northridge. It was there that he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass at some venues. They both thought that the work would be short-term, but soon Taylor's career took off with his first hit records, and Lee came into the limelight. He was soon asked to record with others, and his long career began.
In the 1970s Lee worked so frequently with drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, and keyboardist Craig Doerge that they eventually became known as "The Section" and recorded three albums under that name between 1972 and 1977.