J. Cast Productions
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“It’s A Motown Christmas”

starring Thelma Houston and Friends

Edgar Struble
Edgar Struble Biography

Musical Director / Arranger for It’s A Motown Christmas!

“One of the best musical directors and instrumentalists I have worked with.”
-- Dolly Parton

Edgar Struble is a successful composer, arranger, conductor, producer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and recording artist. He has plied his artistry with some of the brightest stars in show business. He is Edgar Struble, a true “music man” and a much sought after Musical Director for network television and movies.

Struble was an integral part of the Kenny Rogers phenomenon from 1976 to 1991. He toured the world with Rogers in his role as conductor, arranger, instrumentalist and vocalist. It was during this time that he also worked extensively with Rogers’ touring partner, Dolly Parton. As Roger’ Musical Director, he arranged for and conducted the Tonight Show Orchestra, as well as Rogers’ “Summer Pops Concerts” at the helm of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other arranging clients included Al Hirt, Dottie West, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lynda Carter, Leon Russell, and Ray Charles.

Working closely with Roger’s manager, Ken Kragen, Struble was responsible for the musical content of many Kenny Rogers Television specials, including the ABC special, “Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend,” the NBC special, “Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong;” and the CBS Special, “Kenny Rogers: Keep Christmas With You.” It was the Rogers/Kragen connection which led to his participation as Composer and/or Musical Director for many other projects including the CBS special, “A Day In The Life of Country Music,” the CBS Movie “Rio Diablo,” and the CBS four hour miniseries, “Gambler V.” The Kragen association also led to his role as Music Supervisor, Composer, and Music Editor for the CBS movie “Big Dreams And Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story,” starring Michele Lee.

In 1991 marriage and family convinced Struble to leave the road. He settled in Nashville, from where he commuted to Los Angeles and other cities where his talents were needed. In Music City he was much in demand as evidenced by some of his more visible assignments: Musical Director for the Nashville Network’s series, “The Oak Ridge Boys Live From Las Vegas,” Musical Director for “Company’s Comin’,” another TNN special starring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and saluting the legendary Porter Wagoner. He also served as Musical Director for TNN’s flagship program, “Prime Time Country,” a five day a week effort in which he also appeared as an on-camera personality and a featured performer.

A 1999 move to Los Angeles brought Struble continued success in the TV and film business. He was called to supervise the filming of a musical scene in “The Hunley,” a TBS movie starring Donald Sutherland.  His recent composing credits include Dick Clark’s “Your Big Break” and “Greed” series, “Challenge of the Child Geniuses,” “This is Your Chance of a Lifetime” and “The First Family’s Holiday Gift to America” for FOX, as well as several documentary specials for TLC, A&E, and The History Channel.

Struble has produced recordings for Al Hirt, Michele Lee, Bobby Hatfield (of the Righteous Brothers), and for the comedian Gallagher’s Showtime TV Specials.

Since his days as front man for many regionally popular rhythm & blues bands, Struble retains his zeal for live entertaining. An accomplished and highly versatile vocalist and instrumentalist - he plays acoustic and electronic keyboards, trombone, harmonica, percussion and guitar - Struble performs regularly in Los Angeles and other locales. His live concert, “Edgar Struble and Friends,” a vibrant mixture of jazz and rhythm & blues, is a popular event in Struble’s home state of Michigan.

Struble’s most recent album, “No Rough Edges,” is a mixture of smooth jazz and pop that displays his talent as a songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Prior to that, he released “Piano Country,” a collection of top country hits performed on acoustic piano.

At home with his wife, Lauri, and their daughters, Bethany, Sarah, Hannah, and Rachel, Struble finds time to pursue lifelong interests in antiques, woodworking, gardening, and aviation.  Struble is a certified Private Pilot with memberships in Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

Struble’s professional memberships include: American Federation of Musicians (AFM); American Federation of Television & Recording Artists (AFTRA); The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS); and ASCAP.

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