Ball, Roger

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Roger Ball
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Name
Ball, Roger Gender: M
Roger Alister Ball
born on 4 June 1944 at 16:25 (= 4:25 PM )
Place Dundee, Scotland, 56n28, 3w0
Timezone GDWT h2e (is double war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 13°49' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 16°54 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 10°38'



Biography

Scottish musician; member of the hit ‘70s rock group, Average White Band. A jazz sax player, he is also capable on the keyboard with jazz, rhythm and blues. The band's hits include the LPs "Cut the Cake," 1975 and "Soul Searchin'," 1976.

Ball is both a natural musician and a mathematician. In Dundee art college in the mid-'60s he studied architecture. Before joining the Average White Band, Ball’s credits included record sessions with Johnny Nash, Family, Forever More, Stone The Crows and Maggie Bell. Through his understanding of chords and tonal textures, Ball lent class to the band and he could also throw in the unexpected.

The individual members were veterans of numerous Scottish soul and jazz groups; together Average White Band made their debut in 1973 as the opening act for Eric Clapton. Their debut album, "Show Your Hand," followed shortly thereafter but wasn’t successful. After adopting the abbreviated moniker AWB, a year later their next self-titled album topped the American pop charts with the instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." The record's huge success was tempered by the 9/23/1974 death of band member McIntosh, who died at a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Gorrie, Alan (born 19 July 1946). Notes: Band mates in "Average White Band"
  • business associate/partner relationship with McIntosh, Robbie (born 2 May 1950). Notes: Band mates in "Average White Band"
  • business associate/partner relationship with McIntyre, Onnie (born 25 September 1945). Notes: Band mates in "Average White Band"

Events

  • Work : New Career 1973 (Debut as Average White Band)
  • Death of Significant person 23 September 1974 (Band member, McIntosh, drug OD)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 (Pick Up the Pieces)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 (Cut the Cake)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 (Soul Searchin')

Source Notes

Paul Wright collection, B.C.

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Musical group)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Average White Band)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Sax, keyboards)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz

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