The origins of Wishbone Ash can be traced back to Torquay, in the south west of England, where Steve Upton, Martin Turner and Glen Turner played in local band, Empty Vessels. They moved to London, with the intention to take a potential career in music seriously, and formed Tanglewood. Wishbone Ash was formed when Ted Turner replaced Glen Turner, and Andy Powell joined to make a quartet. They set about forging their trademark sound, characterised by a twin lead guitar act, long tracks featuring extended instrumental passages and a blend of hard rock, progressive rock, and folk. They enjoyed strong success in the early 70s, with Argus charting at number 3 in the UK album charts. They also built up a strong following in America, where their 70s albums consistently scored well in the Billboard 200. By the mid-80s their albums struggled to achieve the same commercial success. However, they have continued to produce new music well into the new millennium, despite undoing countless line-up changes since their formation, with Andy Powell the only constant member. In 2005 Martin Turner launched his own rival band under the name Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, who have toured and released live albums of Wishbone Ash material.
Followers: Thin Lizzy
Influenced By: The Yardbirds, The Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Spirit, Crosby Stills And Nash
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