Steve Upton Drummer

Steven 'Steve' Upton (born 24 May 1946, Wrexham, Wales, although he grew up in Exeter, Devon, England) is the former drummer for the British rock band Wishbone Ash. He was with the band for two decades (1969–1990). His tight, precise drumming would be a key element of the band's sound, and Upton was one of the first drummers to sport the open-handed drumming. Upton, at some stages of the band's career, took care of the day-to-day running of the band, earning himself the title 'The Colonel'. By the late 1980s Upton effectively had assumed the role of band manager. In 1990, Upton departed from the band owing to personal problems and a desire for a quiet life. He went on to manage Miles Copeland III's chateau in the south of France, but no longer has any active involvement with the music industry.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 24th, 1946

Musical acts

1.Wishbone Ash Melodic Rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Art rock, Blues rock, Progressive rock

1970 - 1989

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s. Their popular records included Wishbone Ash, Pilgrimage, Argus, There's the Rub, and New England. They were one of the first bands to use twin lead guitars. Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted "Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History", and to appear in the "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time". Melody Maker described Powell and Turner as "the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds". Formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969, out of the ashes of trio The Empty Vessels, which had been formed by Wishbone Ash's founding member Martin Turner in 1963 and complemented by Steve Upton 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.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Guitar, Vocals 1970
Drums 1970 1989
Guitar, Vocals 1970 1973
Vocals, Bass guitar 1970 1973
Vocals, Guitar 1974 1985
Vocals, Bass guitar 1981 1981
Bass guitar, Vocals 1982 1982
Bass guitar, Vocals 1985 1987
Vocals, Guitar 1985 1987
Bass guitar, Vocals 1985 1985
Drums 1991 1994
Vocals, Guitar 1995 1996
Drums 1995 1997
Bass guitar, Vocals 1996 1997
Guitar, Vocals 1997 1998
Vocals, Bass guitar 1998
Vocals, Guitar 2002 2002
Vocals, Guitar 2004
Drums 2007

Official website


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