Alan Gorrie: “There was no big time about Jimi Hendrix or Keith Moon – we hung out with those guys every night”

Scottish funk group Average White Band perform live on stage at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1976. L-R: Onnie McIntyre, Hamish Stuart, ?, Alan Gorrie, drummer Steve Ferrone, Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball
(Image credit: Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Formed in 1971 by Alan Gorrie and tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, with Onnie McIntyre, Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh and Roger Ball all joining later, the Average White Band gained legions of fans with their popular mix of 60s funk, soul and R&B. The group’s infectious, hook-laden grooves were outlined perfectly in their timeless instrumental hit, ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, which topped the US singles charts in 1975 and preceded several gold-selling albums.

The Average White Band performing on stage at the Marquee Club, London, January 1975

(Image credit: Photo by Dick Barnatt/Redferns)

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.