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Andy Fairweather-Low

Andy Fairweather-Low

Andy Fairweather-Low, born 2 August 1948 in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, is a British guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

Fairweather-Low first found fame as a founder member of the pop group Amen Corner in the late 1960s. They had four successive Top 10 hits, including the memorable Number One "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice" in 1969. After an abortive attempt to change the band's name to 'Fairweather' in 1969, he left to pursue a solo career, releasing at least four albums up to 1980 on A&M. These spawned further single chart success with "Reggae Tune" (1974), and "Wide Eyed And Legless", a Number 6 Christmas time hit in 1975.

In the 1980s he worked for numerous artists, doing mainly session work. In 1992 he started working for Eric Clapton (having earlier appeared in his band in the 1983 ARMS concerts for Ronnie Lane) and whilst he has continued to do session work for various people, including Dave Edmunds, Fairweather-Low has spent most of his time since the early 1990s playing in Clapton's backing band, appearing on various albums and tours. In 1992, he played guitar on George Harrison's Live in Japan, along with the rest of Clapton's band, and in 2002, he played several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute The Concert for George. He also played guitar and bass on Roger Waters's "In The Flesh" world tour from 1999-2002.

In 1978, Fairweather-Low sang backing vocals on the Who album Who Are You, specifically the tracks "New Song", "Had Enough", "Guitar and Pen", "Love is Coming Down", and "Who Are You". After filling in on guitar during rehearsal for the Who album It's Hard (Pete Townshend was in rehab), he ended up on the album itself, playing rhythm guitar on the song "It's Your Turn." Fairweather-Low later appeared on Townshend's 1993 album Psychoderelict and the accompanying concert tour.

In 2005 Andy Fairweather-Low toured extensively with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. Some of the concerts were recorded for UK television, as part of their "50 Years Of Rock 'n' Roll" tribute.

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