image of a bearded Whitehorn! 'By some comedian at
JHS. It's supposed to
be a promo picture for a new Fret-King guitar, adopted by me and John
Etheridge' (thanks, Geoff).
Main instrument: Guitar, sequencers ... click here for a Whitehorn gear film (initially at St Wendel, near Saarbrucken, and latterly at GW's pub gig in Crayford).
Audio-visual Whitehorn in action:
From Seventeen Watts? by Mo Foster
'As an eight-year old, Geoff Whitehorn took violin lessons and despite hating them he now appreciates how they helped him to read music. In Geoff's mind, the marriage between rock 'n' roll and his formal musical education formed an interesting concept. He says: 'I vividly remember putting a tremolo arm made from a strip of Meccano on the violin after seeing The Shadows on TV, but that didn't go down particularly well with the violin teacher. My very first guitar I actually made from Meccano and fishing line - A Dalekcaster possibly.'
In this same book, says Frans Steensma, there's a picture of Geoff playing in his first group as a 14 year old: The Sunbeats (more from Frans here)
Took up guitar at age 11
August 1973 - December 1974: toured and recorded with British jazz-rock band, If
1974 - early solo album, Geoff Whitehorn
1975 toured and recorded with ex-Stone the Crows singer Maggie Bell, notably opening for Bad Company on their first headlining US tour
1976 joined UK / US band Back Street Crawler, replacing ex-free guitarist Paul Kossoff after his untimely death. Band's name changed to Crawler. Band also featured John 'Rabbit' Bundrick on keyboards; it folded in 1979 (pictures here, article here, listen to Bottom Line 1977 show here)
1979 joined Roger Chapman (ex-Family / Streetwalkers vocalist) in The Shortlist, touring Europe extensively and recording ten albums (co-producing three with Chapman). Left in 1988. During this period also toured and recorded with Elkie Brooks from 1979, becoming her musical Director from 1981 until 1983. Geoff toured with Elkie again, working around the Procol commitments, from 2004 until December 2007 when he quit her band to pursue other musical interests: photographs here and here [Geoff Whitehorn plays on Elkie's 2005 Electric Lady CD (Swing Café SWING003): buy online from Amazon USA or Amazon UK]
Released first [sic] solo album, Geoff Who?, in 1990; second album, Big in Gravesend, released October 1994.
Joined Bad Company for their Hold Water US tour in June 1990 until the return of Mick Ralphs in April 1991.
Joined the reformed Procol Harum in December 1991: still a serving member!
Joined Roger Daltrey band in April 1994.
Played with The Who at the Hyde Park Quadrophenia Concert in June 1996, and also at the Madison Square Garden run (6 nights in July 1996) of the same show.
Playing (since January 1993) with Paul Rodgers (ex-Free, Bad Company) - promoting the Now album on which also played (2011)
Has worked as main demonstrator worldwide for Marshall Amplification since 1986 at NAMM, Frankfurt music shows etc.
Session credits apart from the above include Roger Waters, Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Eric Burdon, Lulu, Kevin Ayers, Paul Young, Billy Ocean, John Parr, Jimmy Nail, Chas'n'Dave, Vanessa Mae, Dame Edna Everage, British Rock Symphony, etc ....
Nice clip of Geoff
playing the blues with the NHS band (7 October 1992: personnel credits at
the end of the song)
(right: portrait of Geoff by Mark Brzezicki, kindly sent to BtP by Matt Pegg)
The above mentions If as Geoff's first band. However, before If he had played in a Kent band known then as Chapel Farm, which later became Fantasy and recorded an album called Paint a Picture in 1973. By that time Geoff had left the band, but he appears on some demo tracks released as bonus tracks of Fantasy's second album Beyond The Beyond (originally shelved by the record company and released for the first time in the early 90's). These include a song called Fire-Fire, written entirely by Geoff, and another track called Afterthought with Geoff as co-writer.
|Two Procol guitarists for the price of one
Where can you see a band play twice weekly, once with Geoff Whitehorn, and once with Prodigal Stranger Jerry Stevenson?
At The Bear and Ragged Staff, in Crayford: e-mail for details here, including orders for their new album (pictured) which costs 10 pounds (recorded in November 2003 and produced by Geoff).
Or telephone 01322 664551!
Sessions list: all non-PH and non-Paramounts records (up to 1986) to which Procol Harum members contributed
Geoff Whitehorn's page at The Musicians' Olympus
More Procol personnel