Alan Gorrie

1946 -

Vocalist and musician. Born in Perth, Gorrie formed the rhythm and blues group Average White Band in 1972 in London (England). Gorrie was the lead vocalist and played bass. He was joined in the group by fellow Scots Roger Ball (b.1944), Malcolm "Mollie" Duncan (b.1945), Robbie McIntosh (1950-74) and Owen "Onnie" McIntyre (b.1945), together with Canadian Mike Rosen, although he was soon replaced by Hamish Stuart (b.1949). After developing a cult following in the UK with their first release Show Your Hand (1973), the band quickly moved to the USA where they entered the charts in 1974 with AWB, their so-called White Album, widely regarded as a masterpiece. Other hits included Cut the Cake (1975), Soul Searching (1976), Person to Person (1976), Feel No Fret (1979) and Cupid's in Fashion (1982). The band split up in 1983, only to re-group in 1989 with a new line-up which still included Gorrie, Ball and McIntyre, going on to further success with Aftershock (1989), which included fellow Scot and Santana vocalist Alex Ligertwood (b.1946), Live on the Test (1995), Soul Tattoo (1996), Face To Face - Live at the Fillmore (1997), Tonight (2002), Living In Colour (2003), Greatest and Latest (2005) and Soul & The City - Live at B.B. King's (2007). Based in New York, they continue to tour extensively across three continents, including regular visits to Scotland.

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