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Alan Kendall


Alan Kendall

Alan Kendall
Born (1944-09-09) 9 September 1944 (age 69)
Darwen, Lancashire, England
Genres Rock, blues rock, blues, progressive rock, pop rock, hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970-present
Labels Polydor, Atco, RSO, Warner Bros., A&M, Universal
Associated acts Toe Fat, Bee Gees
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Alan Kendall (born 9 September 1944, in Darwen, Lancashire) is an English musician and was the lead guitarist for the popular band the Bee Gees,[1] in an official capacity from 1971 until 1980, and again from 1987 until 2001.


His first recordings were with a Lancashire band called Kris Ryan and the Questions, Alan as always played lead guitar. His next known appearances were with Glass Menagerie, In 1970, he joined the bluesy progressive rock band Toe Fat who had released one album called Toe Fat. The original line-up of the band consisted of Cliff Bennett on lead vocal and piano, Ken Hensley on guitar, keyboards and vocals, John Glascock on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums; Kendall replaced Hensley on lead guitar. The band Toe Fat was managed by The Robert Stigwood Organisation, which suddenly dropped them in the middle of December 1970, right after they had returned from a US tour opening for Derek and the Dominos.[2]

Kendall joined the Bee Gees in 1971, when the band was looking for a new guitarist to replace Vince Melouney. Though several albums were released by the Brothers Gibb after Kendall joined it, their major success came with the release of the Saturday Night Fever album, and as Kendall had been a core part for this success, he was rewarded with full shares in the group's earnings (rather than being paid a salary). In 1979, he played guitar on Jimmy Ruffin's album Sunrise. In 1986, Kendall co-wrote the songs "Moonlight Madness", "Change" and "System of Love", both songs were included on Barry's unreleased album Moonlight Madness, and he played guitar on that album.[3]

With the Bee Gees, Kendall appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, a Command Performance for the Queen of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous other live performances. Kendall prefers the Fender Stratocaster and can be seen in several live performances with this type of guitar.


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