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Wishbone Ash

"Wishbone Ash" are a British Hard rock band, formed in Devon, 1969, forming out of the ashes of the group "The Empty Vessels", later "Tanglewood".


Wishbone Ash was formed in 1969 by bassist Martin Turner and drummer Steve Upton. After an extensive search for a guitar player, the band could not decide between the final two candidates, Andy Powell and Ted Turner. Powell suggested that they try both guitar players "just to see what it sounds like". Unbeknownst to Powell, he was helping to pioneer a brand new technique in rock: the "twin lead" harmonizing guitar sound. Coincidentally, across the ocean in America, Dickey Betts and Duane Allman were utilizing the same technique, as The Allman Brothers Band was formed around the same time in Macon, Georgia. Though both bands were heavily rooted in the blues, the Wishbone Ash twin lead sound also included strong elements of folk, progressive rock, and classical music.

In early 1970, the band scored an opening spot for rock legends Deep Purple, who were on their way to becoming one of the most popular bands in the world. During soundcheck, Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was warming up alone onstage when a very bold An...

years active 1969–present
status Active
country Devon, England
music genre Rock music
current members Andy Powell
Muddy Manninen
Bob Skeat
Ray Weston
past members Martin Turner
Ted Turner (musician)
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source: Wikipedia