The information you will find, chart his rise from playing in a variety of London pub bands, through a period as a much sought-after session player, to his position in high profile artists/bands – such as Kate Bush, Go West and Level 42, until his untimely and tragic death in 1989 from complications brought on by the Aids virus.
Alan was born in 1953 and brought up in the Finsbury area of East London , attending the Westminster School (from which he was expelled). He lived in Percival Street, London with his mother. One of his close friends was Bill Barret. “We used to go to Hyde Park for the Blackhill Enterprises free concerts …View full post
Through John Baldry and various gigs, Alan began to make useful some contacts within the musical industry and he started to receive requests to do recording session work. One contact Alan made during this period was a drummer called Preston Heyman. With John Giblin and Jacob Magnusson – a band was formed and they went …View full post
Whilst with Kate Bush, Alan had a band going called the ‘Stapleton All Stars’ – named after a London pub called The Stapleton, later changing their name to ‘SFX’. John Hill from Fender asked them to become a touring unit to promote Fender equipment at clinics. This covered the period from 1981 to 1983, during …View full post
After one of the SFX gigs, Peter Cox and Richard Drummie gave Alan a demo tape of their material. Despite being recorded on a 4 track ‘Portastudio’ the quality was fantastic. Alan was taken aback by this material and 2 months later was in a studio re-recording this material with them. This took place in …View full post
Artist Album/song Remarks Joan Armatrading Secret Secrets (1985) Long John Baldry Welcome To The Club (1977) Long John Baldry Baldry’s Out! AML 3002 (EMI) 1979 Long John Baldry Long John Baldry (1980) Berlin Count Three & Pray Mercury 830 586-2 (1986) Berlin Best of Berlin 1979-1988 (1989) Breathe All That Jazz Siren Bros 72392-75240-2 Miquel …View full post