Larry Heard, born May 31, 1960, is a Memphis, Tennessee-based musician widely known for the Chicago-based house music he produced in the mid-1980s. Born on the South Side of Chicago, Heard grew up hearing jazz and soul music at home, and could play several instruments from a very young age. Before beginning his solo musical career in 1983, he played in various jazz and fusion cover groups. Heard was the leader of the influential group Fingers Inc. and has recorded solo under various names, most notably Mr. Fingers. Heard’s music, with its elegant, funky style and lush production, set the pace for Chicago’s ‘deep house’ sound in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As of 2009, Heard is still performing, recording and producing music.