American funk, soul and jazz composer and vibraphone player born 10 September 1940 in Los Angeles.
Thanks to his trombone playing father and piano teaching mother, he became immersed in music early on.
Among his hits are "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Running Away", and collaborations with [a=Fela Kuti], "Africa - Centre Of The World".
2004 saw the release of "[url=http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-II-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/master/56721]Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981[/url]" which were 'lost' sessions tapes that he had discarded, along with various contemporary remixes. DJ [a=Gilles Peterson] described this as the equivalent of finding a lost [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Beatles,+The]Beatles[/url] album.
Father of [a=Roy Ayers III].