Andy Fairweather Low



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Birthname: Andrew Fairweather-Low
Nationality: Welsh
Born: Aug 02 1948


Biography

Andy was born in 1948 in Cardiff, South Wales and first enjoyed fame in the 1960’s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping band Amen Corner. His distinctive voice was the perfect lead for the group. They scored six memorable hits between 1967 and 1969 with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” reaching number 1 in January 1969. Their shows were always full of excitement and they were regular fixtures on package tours at the time, including those with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd.

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Andy was born in 1948 in Cardiff, South Wales and first enjoyed fame in the 1960’s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping band Amen Corner. His distinctive voice was the perfect lead for the group. They scored six memorable hits between 1967 and 1969 with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” reaching number 1 in January 1969. Their shows were always full of excitement and they were regular fixtures on package tours at the time, including those with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd.

When the group split in 1969 Andy formed the band Fairweather which was signed to RCA on their progressive label Neon and for an underground progressive band it was somewhat surprising that they soon had a Top 10 single in 1970 with “Natural Sinner”.

Andy’s first solo success was another Top 10 hit with “Reggae Tune” in September 1974 when after two albums with Fairweather and a brief spell off for good behaviour Andy had signed a solo deal with A&M Records and recorded Spider Jiving which was produced by Neil Young producer Elliott Mazer and included major players such as The Memphis Horns & Nashville legend Charlie McCoy. In 1975 he released his second album La Booga Rooga, produced by celebrated UK Producer Glyn Johns at that time fresh from working with the Eagles. Glyn Johns was again the producer of choice in 1976 for Andy’s third solo album Be Bop ‘n’ Holla

La Booga Rooga featured a great line up of musicians with such great players as ex Eagle Bernie Leadon and Georgie Fame. Among the tracks was ”Wide Eyed & Legless” released late in 1975 and becoming another solo Top 10 hit in the UK and overseas.

In 1980 having moved labels to Warner Brothers, Andy released his fourth solo album Mega
Shebang but had already started his notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in 1978 on The Who’s album Who Are You which also continued through with his appearance on guitar on their Its Hard album in 1982 and contributions to Pete Townshend’s Psychoderelict tour in 1993.

From his work with The Who Andy became increasingly in-demand as a musician and began to acquire the reputation as ultimate guitarist to the stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.

In 1983, ex Small faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, set about organising some of the most significant musicians in the rock world to tour on both sides of the Atlantic and record with the aim of raising awareness and funds for sufferers of MS. The project, A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, was immensely successful ending up with a visit to the White House for some of the participants. Andy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood all appeared.

In the early nineties Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band with which he stayed until 2003 touring and recording the Unplugged, From the Cradle, Pilgrim, Riding with the King, Reptile, One More Car One More Rider, Me & Mr. Johnson and Back Home albums with him.

Andy was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his Live in Japan album. One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been as musical director with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour of America in 1985. Since that time Andy has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – Radio K.A.O.S in 1987 and Amused to Death in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. He also rejoined Waters for the Dark Side of the Moon tour more recently.

On November 29th, 2002, one of the most important concerts ever was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for George was a tribute to George Harrison, under the musical direction of Eric Clapton. Featuring Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and Sam Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Ringo Starr. Andy was a member of the Incredible House Band, playing many of the lead guitar parts.

Andy is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together on Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert in 1983 and it was a charity cause that Bill revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Andy who, since that time has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings.

In 2006 Andy had a chance to return to the studio again to make his first new solo album in 26 years! Sweet Soulful Music, which reunited him with producer Glyn Johns, bassist David Bronze, drummer Henry Spinetti and Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold.

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Andy was born in 1948 in Cardiff, South Wales and first enjoyed fame in the 1960’s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping band Amen Corner. His distinctive voice was the perfect lead for the group. They scored six memorable hits between 1967 and 1969 with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” reaching number 1 in January 1969. Their shows were always full of excitement and they were regular fixtures on package tours at the time, including those with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd.

When the group split in 1969 Andy formed the band Fairweather which was signed to RCA on their progressive label Neon and for an underground progressive band it was somewhat surprising that they soon had a Top 10 single in 1970 with “Natural Sinner”.

Andy’s first solo success was another Top 10 hit with “Reggae Tune” in September 1974 when after two albums with Fairweather and a brief spell off for good behaviour Andy had signed a solo deal with A&M Records and recorded Spider Jiving which was produced by Neil Young producer Elliott Mazer and included major players such as The Memphis Horns & Nashville legend Charlie McCoy. In 1975 he released his second album La Booga Rooga, produced by celebrated UK Producer Glyn Johns at that time fresh from working with the Eagles. Glyn Johns was again the producer of choice in 1976 for Andy’s third solo album Be Bop ‘n’ Holla

La Booga Rooga featured a great line up of musicians with such great players as ex Eagle Bernie Leadon and Georgie Fame. Among the tracks was ”Wide Eyed & Legless” released late in 1975 and becoming another solo Top 10 hit in the UK and overseas.

In 1980 having moved labels to Warner Brothers, Andy released his fourth solo album Mega
Shebang but had already started his notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in 1978 on The Who’s album Who Are You which also continued through with his appearance on guitar on their Its Hard album in 1982 and contributions to Pete Townshend’s Psychoderelict tour in 1993.

From his work with The Who Andy became increasingly in-demand as a musician and began to acquire the reputation as ultimate guitarist to the stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.

In 1983, ex Small faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, set about organising some of the most significant musicians in the rock world to tour on both sides of the Atlantic and record with the aim of raising awareness and funds for sufferers of MS. The project, A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, was immensely successful ending up with a visit to the White House for some of the participants. Andy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood all appeared.

In the early nineties Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band with which he stayed until 2003 touring and recording the Unplugged, From the Cradle, Pilgrim, Riding with the King, Reptile, One More Car One More Rider, Me & Mr. Johnson and Back Home albums with him.

Andy was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his Live in Japan album. One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been as musical director with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour of America in 1985. Since that time Andy has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – Radio K.A.O.S in 1987 and Amused to Death in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. He also rejoined Waters for the Dark Side of the Moon tour more recently.

On November 29th, 2002, one of the most important concerts ever was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for George was a tribute to George Harrison, under the musical direction of Eric Clapton. Featuring Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and Sam Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Ringo Starr. Andy was a member of the Incredible House Band, playing many of the lead guitar parts.

Andy is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together on Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert in 1983 and it was a charity cause that Bill revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Andy who, since that time has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings.

In 2006 Andy had a chance to return to the studio again to make his first new solo album in 26 years! Sweet Soulful Music, which reunited him with producer Glyn Johns, bassist David Bronze, drummer Henry Spinetti and Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Andy was born in 1948 in Cardiff, South Wales and first enjoyed fame in the 1960’s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping band Amen Corner. His distinctive voice was the perfect lead for the group. They scored six memorable hits between 1967 and 1969 with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” reaching number 1 in January 1969. Their shows were always full of excitement and they were regular fixtures on package tours at the time, including those with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd.

When the group split in 1969 Andy formed the band Fairweather which was signed to RCA on their progressive label Neon and for an underground progressive band it was somewhat surprising that they soon had a Top 10 single in 1970 with “Natural Sinner”.

Andy’s first solo success was another Top 10 hit with “Reggae Tune” in September 1974 when after two albums with Fairweather and a brief spell off for good behaviour Andy had signed a solo deal with A&M Records and recorded Spider Jiving which was produced by Neil Young producer Elliott Mazer and included major players such as The Memphis Horns & Nashville legend Charlie McCoy. In 1975 he released his second album La Booga Rooga, produced by celebrated UK Producer Glyn Johns at that time fresh from working with the Eagles. Glyn Johns was again the producer of choice in 1976 for Andy’s third solo album Be Bop ‘n’ Holla

La Booga Rooga featured a great line up of musicians with such great players as ex Eagle Bernie Leadon and Georgie Fame. Among the tracks was ”Wide Eyed & Legless” released late in 1975 and becoming another solo Top 10 hit in the UK and overseas.

In 1980 having moved labels to Warner Brothers, Andy released his fourth solo album Mega
Shebang but had already started his notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in 1978 on The Who’s album Who Are You which also continued through with his appearance on guitar on their Its Hard album in 1982 and contributions to Pete Townshend’s Psychoderelict tour in 1993.

From his work with The Who Andy became increasingly in-demand as a musician and began to acquire the reputation as ultimate guitarist to the stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.

In 1983, ex Small faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, set about organising some of the most significant musicians in the rock world to tour on both sides of the Atlantic and record with the aim of raising awareness and funds for sufferers of MS. The project, A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, was immensely successful ending up with a visit to the White House for some of the participants. Andy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood all appeared.

In the early nineties Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band with which he stayed until 2003 touring and recording the Unplugged, From the Cradle, Pilgrim, Riding with the King, Reptile, One More Car One More Rider, Me & Mr. Johnson and Back Home albums with him.

Andy was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his Live in Japan album. One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been as musical director with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour of America in 1985. Since that time Andy has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – Radio K.A.O.S in 1987 and Amused to Death in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. He also rejoined Waters for the Dark Side of the Moon tour more recently.

On November 29th, 2002, one of the most important concerts ever was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for George was a tribute to George Harrison, under the musical direction of Eric Clapton. Featuring Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland and Sam Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Ringo Starr. Andy was a member of the Incredible House Band, playing many of the lead guitar parts.

Andy is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together on Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert in 1983 and it was a charity cause that Bill revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Andy who, since that time has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings.

In 2006 Andy had a chance to return to the studio again to make his first new solo album in 26 years! Sweet Soulful Music, which reunited him with producer Glyn Johns, bassist David Bronze, drummer Henry Spinetti and Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold.

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