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Andy Powell (born Andrew Powell, 19 February 1950, Stepneymarker, Londonmarker) is an English guitarist and songwriter, and best known as a founding member of Wishbone Ash.

Early life and career

Although born in the East End of Londonmarker, Powell grew up in in the new town of Hemel Hempsteadmarker, some north-east of London. He first played guitar at the age of 11, inspired by rock and beat bands such as The Shadows. Powell, unable to muster funds to buy a brand-new guitar, made a Les Paul-style guitar himself, and began to play in London-based bands such as The Dekois and The Sugar Band.

Wishbone Ash

In 1969, Powell answered a Melody Maker classified in which Martin Turner and Steve Upton advertised for a guitar player. Being unable to choose between Powell and another applicant (Ted Turner), Wishbone Ash was formed with two lead guitarists.

Other appearances

Powell has recorded numerous sessions for other artists, including George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kashif, Stewart Copeland and Renaissance. In 1988, Powell contributed to Miles Copeland's Night of the Guitar project, touring extensively with artists such as Randy California, Jan Akkerman, Steve Howe, Steve Hunter, Robby Krieger, Leslie West and Alvin Lee.


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