To most people, the credit typically associated with David Foster is "Produced by." But even before taking a seat behind the console in the control room, Foster was having an impact on artists as a session musician.
Growing up in Victoria, B.C., in the 1950s, Foster studied classical piano from ages 5 to 13. "Then the Beatles came along and changed my life," he recalls -- not realizing at that age that 12 years later, he would be playing behind one of them. Coincidentally, a good friend also introduced him to great jazz piano players, such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea.
In 1966, at age 16, he quit school and moved to England, and got a job playing piano in Chuck Berry's touring band. "At the time, I didn't really understand what an incredible contribution Chuck had made to music. I was a classical snob. I just thought, 'All the songs are the same three chords.' He didn't like me, and I didn't like him. At that age, I wasn't gonna get it."