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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Alan Cartwright (bass)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Very good bassist, Alan Cartwright was born Alan George Cartwright on October 10th, 1945.


FREDDIE MAC BAND


In early 1966, Ged Peck joined the massive Freddie Mac Band. They continually changed personnel. The band went from 12 to 18 members at any one time! When Ged joined, these are some of the mates that played in the band:

FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
1966
Freddie Mac
vocals
Derry Wilkie
vocals
Ged Peck
guitar
Billy Davidson
keyboards
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Soon after Ged was recruited, the drummer was the great, late BJ Wilson:

FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
1966
Freddie Mac
vocals
Derry Wilkie
vocals
Ged Peck
guitar
Billy Davidson
keyboards
B J Wilson
drums
+ others unknown to me. Help!

In April 1967, Dave Tedstone joined the massive Freddie Mac Band, full of great players:

FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
Apr 67-1967
Freddie Mac
vocals
Derry Wilkie
vocals
Kenneth Harry
vocals
Kookie Eaton
vocals
Tony Morgan
vocals, percussion
Dave Tedstone
guitar
Roy Davies
keyboards
Sonny Corbett
trumpet
Dick Morrissey
sax
Roger Truth
drums

Roger Truth left the band a month or two afterwards.

When Roger Truth left Freddie Mac Band, he was replaced by two great drummers at the same time, Ron Berg and Terry Stannard:

FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
?
Freddie Mac
vocals
Derry Wilkie
vocals
Kenneth Harry
vocals
Kookie Eaton
vocals
Tony Morgan
vocals, percussion
Dave Tedstone
guitar
Jimmy James & The Vagabondsê
Roy Davies
keyboards
Sonny Corbett
trumpet
Dick Morrissey
sax
Ron Berg
drums
Terry Stannard
drums

I´m sure there were more lineups featuring Tedstone, but this info is so complicated to find!!

Tedstone left the band in January 1968.

This was the lineup for Freddie Mac Band around April 1968:
FREDDIE MAC BAND #?
1968
Freddie Mac
vocals
Tony Morgan
vocals
Sonny Gibbons
vocals
Tony St Clair
guitar
Roy Davies
keyboards
Sonny Corbett
trumpet
Phil Kenzie
sax
Geoff Driscoll
sax
Dave Coxhill
sax
Dave Potter
sax
Pete Hunt
drums

Other info on members of Freddie Mac Band (I know up to 66 members)
Already covered (3): Tex Makins, Ged Peck, Jeff Seopardie
Old pages (1): Ron Berg
To be covered (28): Jo Baker, Derek Bond, Chris Burdett, Marc Charig, Mick Clarke, Sonny Corbett, Dave Coxhill, Colin Davey, Billy Davidson, Roy Davies, Carl Douglas, Geoff Driscoll, Mick Eve, Ernie Hayes, Steve Humphries, Phil Kenzie, Jeff Krivett, Dick Morrissey, Viv Prince, Art Regis, Nick Simper, Terry Stannard, Dave Tedstone, Eddie Thornton, Ashton Tootell,... up to 28 musicians.
Not enough info (33): Billy Adamson, Jeff Bridge, Nobby Clarke, Mel Day, Kookie Eaton, Erlene, US Flattop, Sonny Gibbons, Tony Gomez, Pat Green, Owen Grey, Kenneth Harry, Pete Hunt, Terry Jenkins, Clarence Johnson, Rod Jones, Ray Lewis, Eddie Lincoln, Freddie Mac, Tony Morgan, Bobby Morris, Bob Mundy, Johnny Orlando, Dave Potter, Phil Presland,... up to 33 musicians.


SWEETWATER CANAL


Sweetwater Canal was formed by Aliki Ashman around 1969, under Ronnie Scott´s management. Aliki approached the musicians in Freddie Mac Band, and asked some of them to join her. I think there were different lineups, but cannot find further info.

This was the lineup in January 1970, with Ray Draper as special guest of the band:

SWEETWATER CANAL #?
1970
êFreddie Mac Band
êFreddie Mac Band
êFreddie Mac Band
Fred D´Albert
guitar
Roy Davies
keyboards
Geoff Driscoll
trumpet
Pat Higgs
trumpet
Ginger Baker´s Airforceê
Every Which Wayê
êFreddie Mac Band
êFreddie Mac Band
Phil Kenzie
sax
Dave Coxhill
sax
Tony Knight
drums
+
Ray Draper
guesting on tuba, trombone

The band had a Friday night headlining residency at The Marquee in London, then signed to Vertigo and launched the label later that year.
They also worked as backing band for Arthur Conley and Clarence Carter when they visited England. The band was active for 1 year and a half, but then, Aliki damaged her throat and never finished the album, joining Ginger Baker´s Airforce instead.

Other info on members of Sweetwater Canal (I know up to 10 members)
Already covered (1): Aliki Ashman
To be covered (5): Dave Coxhill, Roy Davies, Geoff Driscoll, Pat Higgs, Phil Kenzie
Not enough info (3): Fred D´Albert, Ray Draper, Tony Knight


EVERY WHICH WAY


Graham Bell joined a new band in May 1970, Every Which Way, formed by drummer Brian Davidson (ex-The Nice):

EVERY WHICH WAY #?
May 70-?
êGriffin
êThe Nice
Graham Bell
vocals
Geoff Peach
flute
Brian Davison
drums

After a while, Every Which Way expands with a new member, superb guitarist John Hedley, recommended by Graham Bell and Alan Cartwright, after trying with different players:

EVERY WHICH WAY #?
1970-1971
êJohn Lewis Blues Band
Graham Bell
vocals
Geoff Peach
flute
Brian Davison
drums
Bell & Arcê
Carol Grimes Bandê
Procol Harumê

The band was short-lived, and after a fantastic debut album released in September 1970, Every Which Way, and a successful presentation at The Marquee, they sadly split in early 1971.

Other info on members of Every Which Way (I know up to 5 members)
Already covered (2): Graham Bell, John Hedley
To be covered (2): Brian Davison, Geoff Peach


PROCOL HARUM


Dave Ball comes to the band in August 1971, replacing Robin Trower, and Chris Copping moves to organ with the addition of Alan Cartwright:

PROCOL HARUM #4
Aug 71-Sep 72
êBig Bertha
êEvery Which Way
Gary Brooker
vocals, keyboards
Dave Ball
guitar
Chris Copping
keyboards
B J Wilson
drums
+
Long John Baldry Bandê
Keith Reid
lyrics

They only released a live album, Live in concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a very beautiful album, with the company of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Da Carmera Singers. It was recorded on November 18th, 1971 at the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A single from that album hit the charts, ´Conquistador´, with a superb solo by Dave Ball.

In September 1972, Dave Ball leaves the band, having recorded the tracks for next album, Grand hotel (released in March 1973), being replaced by Mick Grabham.

New recruitment for Procol Harum in September 1972 was Mick Grabham, replacing former guitarist Dave Ball:

PROCOL HARUM #5
Sep 72-Jun 76
Gary Brooker
vocals, keyboards
Chris Copping
keyboards
B J Wilson
drums
+
Keith Reid
lyrics

Grabham joined just in time to play in the sessions for the Grand Hotel album that had already been started with Dave Ball, but when Ball left, they re-recorded the guitar solos with Grabham (Dave Ball appears in the bonus tracks of the CD reissue though).

They released three albums with this lineup. In Exotic birds & fruit we can find old Mick colleague in Cochise, BJ Cole, on steel guitar.

Procol's ninth is a very good album, produced by the legendary ones Leiber & Stoller. I like it a lot!

Cartwright left the band in June 1976.

They were a superb band. I have some concerts from this lineup, and Mick Grabham rocks! With or without orchestra, he gave a touch of distinction to Procol Harum.

In 1999, it has been released a live album with this lineup, called BBC live in concert. It was recorded in 1974.

Procol Harum had lost their guitarist, Mick Grabham, in May 1977. That marked the split for the band. But, the band received an award, and they were asked to make a live appearance. So, they needed to find a guitarist for that one-off show. The chosen one was Tim Renwick! This was October 1977. Some old members of the band also joined for an special lineup:

PROCOL HARUM #8
Oct 77
Gary Brooker
vocals, keyboards
Chris Copping
keyboards
B J Wilson
drums
+
Keith Reid
lyrics

They also backed singer Julie Covington there. The award show was broadcasted on TV. Who has a copy?!!


AND THEN...


Since leaving Procol Harum, I haven´t been able to find any musical info about Alan. Maybe he just retired...


PROCOL HARUM (again)


In July 1997, there´s a very special one-off celebration concert for Procol Harum when past and present members joined in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their most famous song, the eternal ´A whiter shade of pale´:

PROCOL HARUM #17
Jul 97
Gary Brooker
vocals, keyboards
Matt Pegg
bass
Matthew Fisher
keyboards
Chris Copping
keyboards, bass
Pete Solley
keyboards
Graham Broad
drums
+
Keith Reid
lyrics

I wish I could have been there!!!

Other info on members of Procol Harum (I know up to 28 members)
Already covered (7): Dave Ball, Dave Bronze, Mark Brzezicki, Laurence Cottle, Mick Grabham, Tim Renwick, Geoff Whitehorn
Old pages (2): Gary Brooker, Henry Spinetti
To be covered (18): Graham Broad, Richard Brown, Chris Copping, Geoff Dunn, Matthew Fisher, Bobby Harrison, David Knights, Alan Morris, Dee Murray, Matt Pegg, Josh Phillips, Keith Reid, Ray Royer, Don Snow, Pete Solley, Robin Trower, Ian Wallace, B J Wilson

Alan Cartwright sadly passed away on March 4th, 2021 after being ill for some time. He was 75.

   4 BANDS (WITH 12 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
Every Which Way  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Every Which Way - Every Which Way (September 1970)

    • Members: John Hedley, Geoff Peach (RIP: Graham Bell, Alan Cartwright, Brian Davison)
    • My opinion: I absolutely love this album. My favourite tracks are the lengthy 'Bed ain´t what it used to be´ and ´All in time´.
    Other info on members of Every Which Way (I know up to 5 members)
    Already covered (2):Graham Bell, John Hedley
    To be covered (2):Brian Davison, Geoff Peach
    Freddie Mac Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Recorded live at Toft´s Club, Folkestone 1966 - The Fantastic Freddie Mack Show ( - ) (LIVE)

    • Members: Ron Berg, Sonny Corbett, Terry Stannard, Dave Tedstone (RIP: Freddie Mac + Alan Cartwright, Roy Davies)
    • Comments: Recorded live, but not in 1966, probably in July or August 1967. I´m not sure about the lineup, so any confirmation would be great to know.
    Other info on members of Freddie Mac Band (I know up to 66 members)
    Already covered (3):Tex Makins, Ged Peck, Jeff Seopardie
    Old pages (1):Ron Berg
    To be covered (28):Jo Baker, Derek Bond, Chris Burdett, Marc Charig, Mick Clarke, Sonny Corbett, Dave Coxhill, Colin Davey, Billy Davidson, Roy Davies, Carl Douglas, Geoff Driscoll, Mick Eve, Ernie Hayes, Steve Humphries, Phil Kenzie, Jeff Krivett, Dick Morrissey, Viv Prince, Art Regis, Nick Simper, Terry Stannard, Dave Tedstone, Eddie Thornton, Ashton Tootell,... up to 28 musicians.
    Not enough info (33):Billy Adamson, Jeff Bridge, Nobby Clarke, Mel Day, Kookie Eaton, Erlene, US Flattop, Sonny Gibbons, Tony Gomez, Pat Green, Owen Grey, Kenneth Harry, Pete Hunt, Terry Jenkins, Clarence Johnson, Rod Jones, Ray Lewis, Eddie Lincoln, Freddie Mac, Tony Morgan, Bobby Morris, Bob Mundy, Johnny Orlando, Dave Potter, Phil Presland,... up to 33 musicians.
    Procol Harum  6 RECORDINGS:
  • Live in concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Procol Harum (April 1972) (LIVE)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Keith Reid (RIP: Dave Ball, Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Producer: Chris Thomas
    • Technical: Wally Heider, John Punter
  • Grand hotel - Procol Harum (March 1973)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, Keith Reid (RIP: Dave Ball, Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Guests: (RIP: Christiane Legrand)
    • Producer: Chris Thomas
    • Technical: John Punter
    • Comments: Some CD reissues contain bonus tracks (some featuring Dave Ball, who left the band during the sessions).
  • Exotic birds and fruit - Procol Harum (April 1974)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, Keith Reid (RIP: Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Guests: B J Cole
    • Producer: Chris Thomas
    • Technical: John Punter
  • Procol´s ninth - Procol Harum (August 1975)

  • BBC live in concert - Procol Harum (1999) (LIVE)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, Keith Reid (RIP: Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Producer: Jeff Griffin
    • Comments: Recorded live in March 1974.
  • In concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra & Choir - Procol Harum (2008) (LIVE)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Mark Brzezicki, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, Matt Pegg, Josh Phillips, Geoff Whitehorn (RIP: Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Comments: Live album taken from the same concert as the CD, in 2006. But the DVD contains bonus tracks from 1974 with the lineup featuring Mick Grabham, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping and B J Wilson.
    4 COMPILATIONS:
  • The Best of Procol Harum - Procol Harum (1987)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Matthew Fisher, Bobby Harrison, David Knights, Keith Reid, Ray Royer, Robin Trower (RIP: Dave Ball, Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Guests: (RIP: Bill Eyden)
    • Producer: Chris Thomas (RIP: Denny Cordell)
  • The Best of - Procol Harum (1994)

    • Members: Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Matthew Fisher, Mick Grabham, David Knights, Keith Reid, Robin Trower (RIP: Alan Cartwright, B J Wilson)
    • Guests: (RIP: Christiane Legrand)
  • Halcyon daze - the best of Procol Harum - Procol Harum (1997)

  • Secrets of the hive - the best of Procol Harum - Procol Harum (August 2007)

  • Other info on members of Procol Harum (I know up to 28 members)
    Already covered (7):Dave Ball, Dave Bronze, Mark Brzezicki, Laurence Cottle, Mick Grabham, Tim Renwick, Geoff Whitehorn
    Old pages (2):Gary Brooker, Henry Spinetti
    To be covered (18):Graham Broad, Richard Brown, Chris Copping, Geoff Dunn, Matthew Fisher, Bobby Harrison, David Knights, Alan Morris, Dee Murray, Matt Pegg, Josh Phillips, Keith Reid, Ray Royer, Don Snow, Pete Solley, Robin Trower, Ian Wallace, B J Wilson
    Sweetwater Canal   
    Other info on members of Sweetwater Canal (I know up to 10 members)
    Already covered (1):Aliki Ashman
    To be covered (5):Dave Coxhill, Roy Davies, Geoff Driscoll, Pat Higgs, Phil Kenzie
    Not enough info (3):Fred D´Albert, Ray Draper, Tony Knight

    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 9


    Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    From the great site DME (by Dmitry M. Epstein), we have fantastic interviews:

    Wikipedia doesn´t want to include links to this website, but I won´t do the same with them. So, from the great Wikipedia, we have:

    Assorted links:

    RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 23
    Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Alan Cartwright, please, also write me with the link.
    • Procol Harum - Simple Sister
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1971. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1971. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Simple Sister
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 720) (HQ)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Pilgrim´s Progress
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Broken Barricades
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1971. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - In the Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Repent Walpurgis
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1971. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Still There´ll Be More
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Power Failure
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly
    • Procol Harum live on German TV in 1971. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Dave Ball, Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - For Liquorice John
    • Procol Harum live on TV, maybe in 1973? (Resolution: 360) (HQ)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - The Devil Came From Kansas
    • Procol Harum live on Danish TV in 1974. Great quality. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Grand Hotel
    • Procol Harum live on German TV. Probably 1974? (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Drunk Again
    • Procol Harum live on German TV. Probably 1974? (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Bringing Home The Bacon
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1974. (Resolution: 360) (HQ)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Who Will Search
    • Procol Harum live on Dutch TV in 1974. (Resolution: 720) (HQ)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Pandora´s Box
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1975. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - The Final Thrust
    • Procol Harum live on TV in 1975. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Pandora´s Box
    • Procol Harum live in 1975. (Resolution: 720) (HQ)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Bringing Home The Bacon
    • Procol Harum live on German TV show Rockpalast in January 1976. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - The Unquiet Zone
    • Procol Harum live on German TV show Rockpalast in January 1976. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - Conquistador
    • Procol Harum live on German TV show Rockpalast in January 1976. (Resolution: 480)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.

    • Procol Harum - As Strong As Samson
    • Procol Harum live. (Resolution: 360)
      Featuring: Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham, B J Wilson.


    THANKS:

    Very Special Thanks to:
  • Aliki Ashman: for info on Sweetwater Canal and for being so kind (2002).
  • Ged Peck: (RIP), for adding many details to my original text on his career, as well as his magnificent photos (2003).
  • John Hedley: for his help with info, and most important, for his music (2008).
  • Dave Tedstone: for his patience at answering my endless questions, and for being such great musician (2016 to 2018).

  • Special Thanks to:
  • Nick Warburton: for valuable exchange of info about Freddie Mac (2014 to 2016).
  • Roland Clare: for all the info concerning Procol Harum (please visit the PH website at Beyond the Pale, it's simply incredible!) and more... (superb Procol Harum website) (1999).
  • Hermann Braunschmidt: for his valuable info on Gary Brooker and Procol Harum as well as for his incredible, wonderful presents (1999).

  • Thanks to:
  • Alex Gitlin: my friend, for so many scans, as well as Procol Harum related albums (1998).
  • Boris Shnitzer: my great friend, for the Grand hotel album.
  • Krystian Dabrowski: for asking (2015).

  • RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Alan Cartwright mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Gary Brooker (10)
    Chris Copping (10)
    Keith Reid (9)
    B J Wilson (9)
    Mick Grabham (8)
    Chris Thomas (5)
    Dave Ball (4)
    Matthew Fisher (4)
    David Knights (4)
    Robin Trower (4)

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