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Torquay, Devon, England (1969 – present)

Wishbone Ash is a British rock band which achieved its greatest success in the early and mid-1970s. Their most popular albums included Wishbone Ash (1970), Argus (1972), There’s the Rub (1974), and New England (1976). They were one of the first bands to use twin lead guitars.

Wishbone Ash can trace its origins back to Torquay, Devon, England, a seaside resort in the southwest of the country. It was there that Martin Turner and Steve Upton first performed together; Turner on bass, Upton on drums, before moving to London in 1969 to seek fame and fortune. In the capital the decision was made to place an advertisement for a keyboard player and a lead guitarist. The resulting audition threw up two guitar leads, but nobody could decide who to choose and the trademark twin-lead sound of Wishbone Ash was born.

Ted (David) Turner and Andy Powell soon went through the poverty and growing pains of a new band, but were fortunate that Miles Copeland was championing their cause and a fairly rapid progression was achieved. The first Album, Wishbone Ash, was released in December 1970 and their second, Pilgrimage, surfaced just six months later to reach #6 in the NME charts. Great things were just 11 months away with the release of Argus (1972) — possibly the band’s best album; certainly their most commercially successful — which reached #2 in the UK charts and went gold. Argus is considered to be one of the great rock classics of all time. The next album, Wishbone Four, only 12 months later, went silver.

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  • Moon_spell

    The new album rocks !!

    21 Mar 11:38pm Reply
  • Lemuria777

    New album is tottaly Awsome !

    8 Mar 12:46pm Reply
  • Cousin_Eddy

    Brilliant!!!

    8 Feb 2:00pm Reply
  • ToropovYA

    Favorite band of the seventies

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rpb140990

    Argus (y)

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    Brilliant Rock band.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    Yes that`s so fantastic and true to listen their inspiration ! Never to listen in the radiostation. Underrated, or the most have poor taste .

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected group has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    they rock

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Yellowxander

    Wishbone Ash tour update: http://metaltalk.net/news2012-2/2012792.php

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • ProfessorFry

    Wishbone Ash is quickly becoming one of my overall favorite bands, I really need to get some of their other stuff though as I only have their first 3 albums.

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Costelongue

    I only knew (and was a fan of) their first eponym LP. Last week, one friend of mine made me listen to Argus : oooow, man, you're a real friend.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    I've often described Wishbone Ash as one of the greatest and best known bands that you've never heard. I swear, I've never heard a single song of theirs on the radio, or anywhere else. And I used to listen to underground radio back in the 70s. I bought my first WA album, Argus, as a cut-out at a local record store back in the mid 70s. I was hooked. Never could understand why they didn't get *any* airplay.

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SabbathSatanic

    Jail bait.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Eissoj

    Real Guitar Have Wings.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Mii85

    Merry christmas people

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • roorybacky

    Damn, Argus is fucking decent; I wish I wasn't that ignorant about them before. [4]

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Arklem

    Damn, Argus is fucking decent; I wish I wasn't that ignorant about them before. [3]

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ChokitoBranco

    This band is just too, too great.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
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    4 Sep 2012 Reply
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