David FosterInducted in 1998
B.C.-native David Foster has become one of the most successful music producers and composers in the world as well as a famously generous philanthropist.
Foster was born in Victoria on November 1, 1949. His musical career started early, with piano lessons at age five that led to enrollment in the University of Washington’s music program at thirteen. By age 16 he was playing piano with Chuck Berry, and had a Top 10 US hit (“Wildflower”) with his band Skylark in 1973. The band’s success did not last, though, and when the other members decided to return to Canada, Foster decided to stay in Los Angeles.