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Larry Wallis

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Larry Wallis (born in 1949) is a guitarist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as a member of the Pink Fairies and an early member of Motörhead.

In 1968, he formed a band called The Entire Sioux Nation with Terry Nolder on vocals, Tim Taylor on bass and Paul Nichols on drums. The band split up in late 1969 at the same time as the Pink Fairies Mark 1 line-up of Steve Peregrin Took, Mick Farren and Twink (with girlfriend Silver Darling) parted company.

Wallis then joined Blodwyn Pig, which changed its name to Lancaster’s Bombers (later shortened to Lancaster) with Jack Lancaster. They were a short-lived band although they toured supporting Yes in 1971. Also in 1971, Took, Wallis, and Dave Bidwell (ex-Chicken Shack) recorded four acoustic demos of Took’s songs.

In February 1972, Wallis joined UFO, but left in October 1972, after a tour by Europe. Wallis did not record with the band, although a bootlegged live recording of a UFO performance featuring Wallis is known to exist.

Sometime during 1972 Wallis recorded sessions with Steve Peregrin Took at Took’s basement flat in Mayfair. These very casual sessions contain appearances by Twink, Mick Wayne, Duncan Sanderson, and almost certainly Syd Barrett.

In November 1972, Wallis joined the Pink Fairies Mark 3, substituting for Mick Wayne. The band released an album Kings of Oblivion which contained mostly Wallis-penned tracks.

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  • DavidMilner

    Saw him 77-78 on the StiffsTour (Elvis C/Ian D/Wreckless eric) what a gig....this song was a highlight....it still evokes wonderful memories

    3 Apr 2009 Reply

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