John Wetton

John Wetton

Birth
Willington, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England
Death 31 Jan 2017 (aged 67)
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 175882624 · View Source
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Rock Musician, Songwriter. A bass player, he will be remembered as the lead vocalist for the 1980s super-group "Asia". He began his association with music as a piano player in his family's church. After switching to the bass, he played in several late 1960s bands, among them "Mogul Thrash", before being invited by "King Crimson" frontman Robert Fripp to join the band's new assembly in 1972. Wetton remained with "King Crimson" for two years (1972 until 1974) and recorded with them on the albums "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" (1973), "Starless and Bible Black" (1974) and "Red" (1974). He moved on to the group "Uriah Heep", while simultaneously contributing to and performing on tour with "Roxy Music". In 1980, he marked his first solo effort with the album "Caught in the Crossfire". Formed in London in 1981, "Asia consisted of Geoff Downes (formerly of "The Buggles"), Steve Howe (from "Yes") and Carl Palmer (from "Emerson, Lake and Palmer"). Under David Geffen's record label, they released their self-titled, debut album in 1982, which contained the hits "Heat of the Moment" (achieved a number four placing on the American Billboard Charts) and "Only Time Will Tell". From their album "Alpha" (1983), the single "Don't Cry" achieved a number seventeen placing on the American Billboard Charts. Wetton would go on to collaborate with former "Roxy Music" guitarist Phil Manzanera. He reunited with "Asia" in 2006 and remained with them until his death from cancer.

Bio by: C.S.


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