Leslie West - biography

Guitarist from United States of America

Leslie West Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein on October 22, 1945) is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the hard rock band Mountain. West was born in New York City, grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, and in East Meadow, Forest Hills and Lawrence. After his parents divorced, he changed his surname to West. His musical career began with The Vagrants, an R&B/Blue-eyed soul-rock band influenced by the likes of The Rascals that was one of the few teenage garage rock acts to come out of the New York metropolitan area itself (as opposed to the Bohemian Greenwich Village scene of artists, poets and affiliates of the Beat Generation, which produced bands like The Fugs and The Velvet Underground). The Vagrants had two minor hits in the Eastern US: 1966's "I Can't Make a Friend" and a cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" the following year. Some of the Vagrants' recordings were produced by Felix Pappalardi, who was also working with Cream on their album Disraeli Gears. In 1969, West and Pappalardi formed the pioneering hard rock act Mountain, which was also the title of West's debut solo album. This was the second great "power trio" of the period, after  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Leslie Weinstein,West, Leslie
Date of birth
1945-10-22
Place of birth
New York City
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Jenni West
Siblings
Larry Weinstein
Profession
Songwriter, Guitarist, Musician

Performances

Year Performance Character
2009 Leslie West: Big Phat Ass Guitar
2003 Mountain: Sea of Fire

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