Published on Nov 9, 2009
Short Profile Of The Sensational ALEX HARVEY, with words of wisdom from SAHB's TED MCKENNA & CHRIS GLEN taken from Scottish Television's THE GREAT SCOT.
From The Scottish Daily Record 7-11-09
Born at 49 Govan Road, Kinning Park, Glasgow in 1935, Alex is the most famous rock 'n' roll star the country has produced.
During the 1950s, he played Dixieland Jazz and skiffle, winning a competition that sought "Scotland's answer to Tommy Steele".
In 1959, he formed the Alex Harvey Soul Band playing blues and rock 'n' roll.
In 1972, Alex joined with Scottish rockers Tear Gas and they changed to the The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, noted for their theatrical look.
The music influences varied from blues to music hall stage shows.
After eight albums in five years and a punishing schedule on the road, Alex announced in 1977 that due to back problems he was to retire.
In 1977, after the band and Alex parted, he recorded the solo album, Loch Ness Monster. Alex and the band came together again in 1978 for a final album, Rock Drill.
On tour in Belgium in February 1982, while waiting to take a ferry to shore after performing his last concert with his new band, the Electric Cowboys, he suffered a heart attack and died on the way to hospital, the day before his 47th birthday, in 1982.