John Wetton

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 June 1949, Willington, Derby, Derbyshire, England. This bass guitarist was first noted by British ‘progressive’ rock enthusiasts as a member of Mogul Thrash, a short-lived rock band featuring ex-Colosseum member James Litherland who released one album for RCA Records. From 1971-72, he was employed in Family while also surfacing as an in-demand session player, where he blossomed from pot-boiling stints with comparative unknowns such as Edwards Hand to proudly assisting Rare Bird, Uriah Heep, Brian Eno and Pete Sinfield. In 1973, he replaced Boz Burrell in King Crimson for whom his bass lines were more impressive than his lead vocals.

There followed a stint with Roxy Music - immortalized on a 1976 concert album - and work on solo recordings by individual members. A better offer persuaded Wetton to join Uriah Heep in 1975 before a year off the road preceded his co-founding of UK in 1978. After three albums with the band, he embarked...

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