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Average White Band

In the early 70s it was known that if you wanted a record deal you had to be in London, so this is where the future members of the Average White Band found themselves. Alan Gorrie (Perth) and Onnie McIntyre (Glasgow) had a couple of releases under the name Forever More on RCA and were working in the house band at Island Records, while Roger Ball (Perth) and Mike Rosen were in demand as session musicians, dubbed The Dundee Horns.

AWB formed in 1971 when Alan booked a session at Denmark Street studios. Still without a name, they were added to the lineup of The Lincoln Music Festival in 1972 and under pressure, they adapted the phrase ‘too much for the average white man’. After the gig they decided to change format and Hamish Stuart joined to add falsetto vocals to the mix. In 1973 they performed at the Eric Clapton comeback concert and were instantly signed by MCA.

Band Members

Original Lineup: Alan Gorrie | Malcolm Duncan | Onnie McIntyre | Michael Rosen | Roger Ball | Robbie McIntosh

Years Active

1972 – 1983, 1989 – present

Official Website

www.averagewhiteband.com

Studio Albums

Living in Colour

2003

Soul Tattoo

1997

Aftershock

1989

Cupid’s in Fashion

1982

Shine

1980

Feel No Fret

1979

Warmer Communications

1978

Benny & Us

1977

Soul Searching

1976

Cut the Cake

1975

AWB

1974

Show Your Hand

1973