Ted Turner - Bio
DAVID ALAN TURNER was born in Sheldon, England on August 2nd 1950.
He started playing the Guitar at the age of 16, eighteen months later he was playing in a band called KING BISCUIT (Local boys from the neighborhood playing the blues.)
1968 Ted’s first audition was for JON HISEMAN. Jon (drums) had recently played for
JOHN MAYALL BLUESBREAKERS band, with DICK HECKSALL SMITH (tenor sax), Dick would play two saxophones at the same time in harmony. TONY REEVES (bass). They then left to form COLOSSEUM, which was a progressive jazz rock band.
1969 Summer: TED answered an ad in MELODY MAKER (one of only two U.K. music magazines at that time) and auditioned for a new, as yet un-named band. Another young guitarist named ANDY POWELL answered the same ad. The organizers of the band MARTIN TURNER (Bass), STEVE UPTON (Drums) could not choose between the two, and decided to keep them both. (Interesting thought process they were looking for a keyboard player and one guitar player…the norm) Their twin lead guitar attack became the trademark of the band, which was ultimately known as WISHBONE ASH.
WISHBONE ASH is considered to be the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. There pioneering and original sounds have influenced many to follow, such as the EAGLES (Hotel California) STEELY DAN (reeling in the years) IRON MAIDEN, THIN LIZZIE (the boys are back in town) LYNARD SKYNARD (Free bird) and others.
The Guitar interplay between TED and ANDY is legendary. A band respected and admired by musicians and fans alike for their distinctive and innovative music.
These attributes have resulted in TED and ANDY being voted “two of the ten most important guitarists in ROCK HISTORY” (Quoted in Traffic Magazine 1989)
Quoted in Rolling Stones “Top 20 guitarists of all time…..”
“TED TURNER and ANDY POWELL are probably the most interesting two-guitar team since the days when BECK and PAGE graced the YARDBIRDS.” (Quoted by Melody Maker-June 1972).
The fifth member of the the band and manager was MILES COPELAND. His guidance and energy were important to the success of the band. MILES was the eldest brother of three, IAN and STEWART. STEWART COPELAND later became the drummer and founder of THE POLICE.
WISHBONE would rehearse in the basement of the Copeland residence in London for weeks at a time, developing their musical style with support from the whole family.
MILES used the success of WISHBONE, to develop his empire, notably I.R.S. records, managing the POLICE, and STING.
NOV 10th 1969 WISHBONE’S 1st show opening for ANNSLEY DUNBAR”S RETALIATION at Dunstable Civic Auditorium
1970 Concert Dates extensively in U.K. and France with DEEP PURPLE, TEN YEARS AFTER, TYRANNOSAURUS REX, THE WHO, SLADE, TASTE, MIGHTY BABY, HEAVY JELLY to name a few. WISHBONE signs with M.C.A. Records. 1st Album self-titled WISHBONE ASH released in the U.K. on Dec 4th.
1971 Voted “BEST NEW BAND IN ENGLAND” (N.M.E and Melody Maker
Received 1st Silver Album for WISHBONE ASH.
Feb 23rd, First U.S. Tour: With GUESS WHO, dates include 6 days at WHISKEY
A GO GO, and FILLMORE WEST.
WISHBONE recording sessions at THE BEATLES studio, APPLE located in Saville Row London.
Released 2nd album, PILGRIMAGE.
TED receives call for a late session to play acoustic guitar for JOHN LENNON, on the IMAGINE album (CRIPPLED INSIDE) with GEORGE and RINGO.
Aug-Sept: U.S. Wishbone tours with the WHO. (WHO’S NEXT album)
Oct- Dec: U.K., BELGIUM, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND & FRANCE CONCERTS.
1972 January: ARGUS album recording sessions
Jan-Feb: BRITISH TOUR. (1st tour as headline act at all the major venues)
March: GERMANY TOUR
April: ARGUS released
ARGUS is their 3rd album, enters U.K. charts at no 3.
ARGUS is the essential wishbone album, found in most music fans collection.
It has become one of the all time classic rock albums. It is considered a landmark album in the progression of their twin-lead harmony interplay.
“Enter ARGUS in 1972, and the musical world is given possibly one of the most unappreciated records EVER produced of any genre. This album should be up there with the likes of THRILLER, LED ZEPPELIN IV, OK COMPUTER and DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, as one of the top albums of all time, or at least one of the greatest classic rock records ever produced. This is truly a gem. The line-up in 1972 strikes every nail square on the head with this masterpiece” (BT Scene)
Named “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” (Sounds magazine)
Argus reaches “NUMBER ONE ALBUM” in Switzerland.
The album is named one of the “TOP TEN MOST POPULAR ALBUMS IN HISTORY” in Greece.
Annual poll awards vote ARGUS “TOP BRITISH ALBUM” (Melody Maker)
Recently ARGUS has been chosen as one of six nominations for the REISSUE OF THE YEAR AWARD in Classic Rock magazine’s Roll of Honor 2008 Awards.
May: U.S. TOUR
June: U.S. TOUR (4th) with ALICE COOPER & EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER.
Sept: WISHBONE performed at the MELODAY MAKER POLL WINNERS CONCERT in London with GENESIS, ROD STEWART, ARGENT, FOCUS and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER.
Oct: U.S TOUR with ALLMAN BROTHERS, QUICKSILVER MESSENGER
SERVICE, TAJ MAHAL, NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE.
Nov-Dec: U.K. TOUR (AVERAGE WHITE BAND in support)
1973 Jan-March: Writing and recording WISHBONE FOUR album.
March-May: CANADA & U.S. TOUR (Major rock venue tour) band being supported by JOE WALSH (Rocky Mountain Way era) GENTLE GIANT and
VINEGAR JOE (Featured two vocalists ROBERT PALMER and ELKIE BROOKES)
Also some shows with JO JO GUNNE
May: WISHBONE FOUR released.
June: U.K. TOUR
Aug-Sept: U.S. TOUR with CANNED HEAT, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY,
Oct: U.K. TOUR (supported by HOME featuring guitarist LAURIE WISEFIELD)
Nov-Dec: U.S. TOUR
Dec 22nd Receive a GOLD RECORD for ARGUS at the Alexandra Palace.
1974 January: U.S. TOUR
Feb 23rd LONDON CONCERT. BBC Paris Theater, which was my last performance with the band.
1975 Moved to New Orleans. In collaboration with R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, worked on concept to raise global consciousness through rock music, this was known as WORLD MAN BAND project.
1976 Moved to Los Angeles worked on recording sessions, producing, and song writing with various artists.
1977 Moved to Santa Cruz. Regular jam sessions with a local band, THE MISFITS.
1980 Returned to London for recording sessions with STEWART COPELAND (POLICE), GENE OCTOBER & BRIAN JAMES (CHELSEA).
1981 Moved to Los Angeles. Formed new band called CHOICE, featuring GREG COOK (guitar, keyboards, and vocals) ROBBIE HEWLETT (Bass guitar, THE MERSEYBEATS) and BOBBY DEAN WICKLAND (Drums).
1982 Toured the U.S. with the reformed BADFINGER (JOEY MOLLAND).
1983 Worked on song writing and recording with TOM GEBR.
1985 Moved to Chicago for recording sessions and songwriting with artists, SUGAR BLUE (Harmonica player extraordinaire played on several ROLLIN STONES albums, and two-time GRAMMY Winner. Also, SKIP HAYNES and other local musicians.
1987 MILES COPELAND was enjoying great success with I.R.S. records and launched the NO SPEAK series. The original members of WISHBONE ASH reform to create a new album,NOUVEAU CALLS. This album was all instrumental and was recorded in London. After fifteen years the band enjoyed playing together again and decided to REFORM.
1988 Spring: U.K. EUROPEAN TOUR .
Summer: HERE TO HEAR recording sessions.
Fall: NIGHT OF THE GUITAR U.K. TOUR
(This was a tour that was promoted as NINE OF THE WORLDS GREAT GUITARISTS IN CONCERT)
Tour members included STEVE HOWE (YES), RANDY CALIFORNIA (SPIRIT), LESLIE WEST (MOUNTAIN), TED TURNER (WISHBONE ASH), ALVIN LEE (TEN YEARS AFTER), ROBBIE KRIEGER (THE DOORS), ANDY POWELL (WISHBONE ASH), PETE HAYCOCK (CLIMAX BLUES BAND), STEVE HUNTER (ALICE COOPER).
1989 April NIGHT OF THE GUITAR EUROPEAN TOUR. Toured nine countries with one personnel change STEVE HOWE departs and JAN ACKERMAN (FOCUS) displays his considerable talents.
The last NIGHT OF THE GUITAR concert was performed at the HAMMERSMITH ODEON in London. The recorded and filmed concert was released in May.
July: WISHBONE TOURS BRAZIL AND U.S.
HERE TO HEAR album released.
Sept: U.K. TOUR
Nov: TOUR. Ten countries visited with a total of fifty-six concerts in sixty-one days.
1990 Jan-Feb: BRITISH TOUR (SOLD OUT)
March: EAST MEETS WEST concert in EAST BERLIN (Germany unites the BERLIN WALL FALLS).
April: Moved to Chicago to work on new album.
Summer: Various festival concerts in the UK AND EUROPE shows including TT ACES on the ISLE OF MANN. TANGIBLE EVIDENCE (track from NOUVEAU CALLS album) played on BBC WORLD CUP HIGHLIGHTS for sixty million viewers on June 29th.
OCT: STRANGE AFFAIR recording sessions.
STEVE UPTON Leaves Band. Replaced by Drummer RAY WESTON.
1991 April: Concerts in SWITZERLAND
STRANGE AFFAIR album released.
May: BRITISH TOUR ( SOLD OUT)
TOUR OF JAPAN.
MARTIN TURNER Leaves Band. Replaced by ANDY PYLE (Andy has played for many bands including BLODWYN PIG, SAVOY BROWN, GARY MOORE and THE KINKS)
TOUR OF GERMANY.
Summer: festivals U.K. and EUROPE. U.S. Midwest Concerts.
Record LIVE IN CHICAGO
Nov-Dec: EUROPEAN TOUR with TEN YEARS AFTER.
1992: TOURS, TOURS, TOURS.
LIVE IN CHICAGO Released.
1993: TOTAL RECALL TOUR with NAZARETH, BLUE OYSTER CULT, MOLLY HATCHET, URIAH HEEP.
1994: Ted Once again made the decision to "travel his own path" and leave Wishbone Ash.
1995-2009: Continuing to develop his craft, love, and passion for music. Using Logic Pro 8 for redesigned original music and new songs he has written. Ted still makes guest appearances with fellow band members and friends, and can still be found in various recording studios for hired sessions in the U.K. and the U.S.