Wishbone Ash About

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s. Their popular albums included Wishbone Ash (1970), Pilgrimage (1971), Argus (1972), There’s the Rub (1974), and New England (1976). Wishbone Ash are noted for their extensive use of the harmony twin lead guitar format which had been attracting electric blues bands since Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had played together in the Yardbirds in 1966. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”. They have been cited as an influence by Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris, as well as Thin Lizzy and other dual guitar bands.

Formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969, out of the ashes of trio The Empty Vessels (originally known as The Torinoes, later briefly being renamed Tanglewood in 1969), which had been formed by Wishbone Ash’s founding member Martin Turner (bass & vocals) in 1963 and complemented by Steve Upton (drums and percussion) in 1966. The original Wishbone Ash line-up was completed by guitarists/vocalists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. In 1974, Ted Turner left the band, and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield. The band continued on with strong critical and commercial success until 1980.

After revolving line-ups featuring former bass players from King Crimson (John Wetton), Uriah Heep (Trevor Bolder), and Trapeze (Mervyn Spence), Wisefield left in 1985. In 1987, however, the original line-up reunited for several albums – Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair – until 1990, when Upton quit the band. After Martin Turner was replaced in 1991, the band recorded The Ash Live in Chicago, before Ted Turner left in 1993.

Wishbone Ash Albums

Coat of Arms Coat of Arms Wishbone Ash Released February 28, 2020 3 19
Blue Horizon Blue Horizon Wishbone Ash Released February 21, 2014 2 20
Number the Brave Number the Brave Wishbone Ash Released April 1981 4 21
Just Testing Just Testing Wishbone Ash Released January 18, 1980 4 21
No Smoke Without Fire No Smoke Without Fire Wishbone Ash Released October 6, 1978 7 26
New England New England Wishbone Ash Released October 1976 3 18
Locked In Locked In Wishbone Ash Released March 1976 4 20
There’s the Rub There’s the Rub Wishbone Ash Released November 1974 2 25
Wishbone Four Wishbone Four Wishbone Ash Released May 11, 1973 2 23
Argus Argus Wishbone Ash Released April 28, 1972 4 25
Pilgrimage Pilgrimage Wishbone Ash Released September 1971 3 20
Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash Released December 4, 1970 1 30

Wishbone Ash Lyricsby Popularity

1 Happiness Wishbone Ash 35 2 Hole in My Heart (Part 2) Wishbone Ash 33 3 Lullaby Wishbone Ash 33 4 You See Red Wishbone Ash 32 5 The Way of the World (Part 1) Wishbone Ash 32 6 Loose Change Wishbone Ash 30 7 Rollin' Wishbone Ash 30 8 Hold On Wishbone Ash 30 9 Like a Child Wishbone Ash 30 10 You Wishbone Ash 29 11 She's Still Alive Wishbone Ash 29 12 Underground Wishbone Ash 29 13 Hole in My Heart (Part 1) Wishbone Ash 28 14 Prelude Wishbone Ash 28 15 Moonshine Wishbone Ash 28 16 Warrior Wishbone Ash 28 17 Valediction Wishbone Ash 28 18 Blind Eye Wishbone Ash 28 19 Dreams (Searching for an Answer) Wishbone Ash 27 20 Where Is The Love Wishbone Ash 27 21 Lorelei Wishbone Ash 27 22 Lorelei Wishbone Ash 27 23 Throw Down the Sword Wishbone Ash 27 24 On Your Own Wishbone Ash 26 25 Standing in the Rain Wishbone Ash 26 26 It's Only Love Wishbone Ash 26 27 Firesign Wishbone Ash 26 28 Sing Out the Song Wishbone Ash 26 29 Alone Wishbone Ash 26 30 Disappearing Wishbone Ash 25 31 Another Time Wishbone Ash 25 32 Wait Out the Storm Wishbone Ash 25 33 Hard Times Wishbone Ash 25 34 People In Motion Wishbone Ash 25 35 Mother of Pearl Wishbone Ash 25 36 It Started in Heaven Wishbone Ash 25 37 Everybody Needs a Friend Wishbone Ash 25 38 A Thousand Years Wishbone Ash 24 39 The Ring Wishbone Ash 24 40 Long Live The Night Wishbone Ash 24 41 Can't Fight Love Wishbone Ash 24 42 Kicks On The Street Wishbone Ash 24 43 New Rising Star Wishbone Ash 24 44 She Was My Best Friend Wishbone Ash 24 45 The King Will Come Wishbone Ash 24 46 Growing Up Wishbone Ash 23 47 Bad Weather Blues Wishbone Ash 23 48 Sometime World Wishbone Ash 23 49 Cosmic Jazz Wishbone Ash 22 50 Mental Radio Wishbone Ash 22 51 Love Is Blue Wishbone Ash 22 52 Rocket in My Pocket Wishbone Ash 22 53 The Way of the World (Part 2) Wishbone Ash 22 54 Hometown Wishbone Ash 22 55 It's Only You I See Wishbone Ash 21 56 Deep Blues Wishbone Ash 21 57 Being One Wishbone Ash 21 58 In Crisis Wishbone Ash 21 59 Dancing with the Shadows Wishbone Ash 21 60 Renegade Wishbone Ash 21 61 No Water in the Well Wishbone Ash 21 62 Top of the World Wishbone Ash 20 63 Cell Of Fame Wishbone Ash 20 64 Rainstorm Wishbone Ash 20 65 Master of Disguise Wishbone Ash 20 66 Back in the Day Wishbone Ash 19 67 Hope Springs Eternal Wishbone Ash 19 68 Capture the Moment Wishbone Ash 19 69 Witness to Wonder Wishbone Ash 19 70 Driving a Wedge Wishbone Ash 18 71 Insomnia Wishbone Ash 18 72 Pay the Price Wishbone Ash 18 73 Personal Halloween Wishbone Ash 17 74 Steam Town Wishbone Ash 17 75 Lady Jay Wishbone Ash 17 76 Strange Affair Wishbone Ash 16