Leslie Weinstein, 22 October 1945, Forest Hills, New York, USA. West, who from an early age suffered from a glandular disorder that affected his weight, began his rock n roll career as a member of the Vagrants, a mid-60s hard rock grouping who released several singles to little commercial recognition. In 1969 he formed Mountain with bass player Felix Pappalardi. Together they would go on to create some of the most timeless power blues compositions of the period, notably Mississippi Queen, drawn from their first album, 1970s Climbing!. Their third gig was in front of nearly half a million people at the previous years Woodstock Festival, and they went on to release three more albums (two of which went gold). After Pappalardis defection in 1971, West put together a three-piece with Jack Bruce and Mountains Corky Laing on drums, recording as West, Bruce And Laing. Mountain re-formed for two further albums following...
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