Leslie West Hard rock Artist

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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 would form the pioneering hard rock act Mountain, which was also the title of West's debut solo album.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 22nd, 1945
United States of America



Musical acts

1.West, Bruce & Laing Hard rock, Blues rock, Rock music

West, Bruce and Laing were a blues rock power trio super-group formed in 1972 by Leslie West, Jack Bruce and Corky Laing. The band released two studio albums, Why Dontcha and Whatever Turns You On, during their active tenure. Their disbanding was officially announced in early 1974 prior to the release of their third and last album, Live 'n' Kickin'. In 2009 West and Laing briefly relaunched the band, with Jack Bruce's son Malcolm substituting for his father on bass. This incarnation of the band toured the UK and North America under the name "West, Bruce Jr. and Laing.

Member history

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2.Mountain Blues rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal, Blues, Rock and roll, Pop rock, Rock music, Traditional heavy metal

1969 - 1972

Mountain is an American rock band that formed in Long Island, New York in 1969. Originally comprising vocalist and guitarist Leslie West, bassist/vocalist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart, the band broke up in 1972 and has reunited frequently since 1973, remaining active today. Best known for their cowbell-tinged song "Mississippi Queen", as well as for their performance at the famous Woodstock Festival in 1969, Mountain is one of many bands to be commonly credited as having influenced the development of heavy metal music in the 1970s.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Drums 1969 1969
Lead Vocals, Bass guitar, Keyboard 1969 1972
Drums, Percussion 1969 1972
Keyboard 1969 1972
Guitar, Lead Vocals 1969 1972
Alan Schwartzberg
Drums 1973 1973
Bass guitar, Vocals 1984 1985
Vocals, Guitar 1994 1994
Bass guitar 1994 1995
Rev Jones
Bass guitar 2008


Album title Released Type
Masters of War 2007 Studio album

Social media

3.The Vagrants Rock music

The Vagrants were an American, Long Island-based rock and blue-eyed soul group from the 1960s. The group was composed of Peter Sabatino on vocals, harmonica, and tambourine, Leslie West on vocals and guitar, Larry West on vocals and bass guitar, Jerry Storch on organ, and Roger Mansour on drums.

Member history

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Official website

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Leslie West Collection
2007 Album on compact disc
Hard rock, Blues rock
June 5th, 2006 Album on compact disc
As PHAT as It Gets
1999 Album on compact disc
Leslie West Live!
Rock music
1993 Live Album
Dodgin' the Dirt
1993 Album on compact disc
Hard rock, Blues rock
1988 Album
The Leslie West Band
Blues rock, Hard rock
The Great Fatsby
Blues rock, Hard rock
March, 1975 Album
Blues rock, Hard rock
July, 1969 Album on gramophone record
Album Live Album
Blues to Die For
Still Climbing
Got Blooze
Unusual Suspects

Movie performances

1. Leslie West: Big Phat Ass Guitar (2009)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet


Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

2. Mountain: Sea of Fire (2003)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet


Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America


Check Leslie West on wikipedia.

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