Terry Lawless

2004 - Individual Artist

Terry Lawless is a native of Council Bluffs. Iowa. His first musical training came from the public school system, where he played saxophone, bassoon and flute. In high school he was a member of the McDonald’s All American Band, the Iowa All-State Band (3 years) and the US Ambassador’s Band. He was the first student to be named the outstanding performer of both the band and the orchestra at Thomas Jefferson High School, where he also was named class salutatorian at graduation.

After high school Terry attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, graduating with honors. During his years at Coe he played with many local bands. Most notable would be “The Good, Bad and Ugly” and “Men Working”, both with Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. He also worked as a sideman for such acts as Bob Hope, John Davidson, Jim Neighbors and Gary Collins/Mary Ann Mobley.

In 1983 Lawless moved to California. Since 1984 he has owned and operated Lawless Productions and Studio Services, a complete multi-track tape, Digital Performer, and ProTools digital recording, manipulation and design facility Although primarily a vehicle for post production, synthesizer manufacturers, touring staff and CD producers regularly use his services for synthesizer programming, sequencing, sound & FX design, and sampling.

Lawless specializes in offstage sequencing and live playback. He has recorded and toured with such legendary artists as Cher, U2, Chicago, Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Jackson Browne, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Boston, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, David Bowie, David Sanborn, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Paula Abdul, Don Henley, Jimmy Buffett, The Moody Blues, Stevie Nicks, Sheena Easton, Al Jarreau, Jon Anderson, Barry Manilow, and Gino Vannelli.

A member of ASCAP, American Federation of Musicians, Local 308, and the Audio Engineering Society, Lawless was awarded 4 platinum and 2 gold records from the Recording Industry Arts Association.

He is married to wife, Melinda, and has four children. For his musical talent and technical wizardry and high impact on the music industry, Terry Lawless is inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame for 2004.


The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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