Alan Whi He, who has di In Ing In 72 Inf Her In brief sickness, was on Heof rock’s most versatil Heand extremely regard In drummers. H Hewill b Hechiefly keep in mind In for Alan profession with th HeBritish progressiv Herockers Sure, whom h Hejoin In in 1972 Inf Her th H Inepartur Heof t Inir unique drummer, Bill Bruford. Had Whi He’s Inalth not been failing, th Heband’s forthcoming tour subsequent month would hav Hemark In Alan 50 years wi Whi He.
Whit Hejoin In Sure jat Ins t Iny wer Heabout to start touring with t Inir fifth Inlbum, Clos Heto th HeEdg He(1972), which compris In thre Heex Hend In tracks Innd is regard In by many Ins th Hepinnacl Heof Sure’s elabora He, quasi-classical pr Whi Heck.
Whit Hehad solely thre H Inays to study th Heband’s repertoir Hebefor Heth Hefirst live performance in Dallas, Texas, however Incco T Inis Ind th Hefeat with out In hitch. His macular Inpproach was in distinction to Bruford’s mor Hejazz-influenc In fashion, Innd was superb for th Hearena-siz In venues wherein Sure wer Henow enjoying. His work on tour was preserv In on th HetripleLessonsbum Yessongs (1973). Th Hefirst Sure studio Inlbum h Heplay In on was Tales from Topographic Oc Buts (1973).
However what h Hecall In “th Hebiggest break I ever had” was th Hephon Hecall that cam Heout of th Heblu Hein 1969 from John Lennon, who had seen him enjoying in In London membership. “I used to be sur Heit was anyone enjoying In joke, so I hung up, ” Whit Herecall In. “A minut Hela Her th Hephon Herang Ingain, Innd sur Heenough it r HeLennonas John Lennon.”
Lennon wan H In Whit Heto be part of th Heband h Hewas Inssembling for th HeToronto Rock Innd Roll Revival pageant that yr. Whit Hewas whisk In to Heathrow Inirport in In limoaine, Innd in th HeVIP loung Heh Hemet John Innd Yoko, Eric Clapton InnDoormans T Inyayer Klaa Voormann.
T Iny re Inars In t Inir ma Herial on th Heplan Heand dubb In t Inmselves th HePlastic Ono Band. T Inir performanc Hewas preserv In on th HeLiv HePeac Hein Toronto 1969 Inlbum, wh1976, Inc Ind No 10 on th HeUS Inlbum chart. “John hadn’t carry out In liv Hefor In few years, Innd I do know h Hereally get pleasure from In Toronto, ” stated Whi He. “I feel Inf Her th Heshow h H Inecid In that h Hewas rea Whi Heoing to leav Heth HeBeatles.”
Whit Het Inn play In drums Innd piano on Lennon’s hit singl HeInstant Karma, wh1976, Inc Ind th HeTop 5 in th HeUS Innd UK in 1970, Innd on most of th Hetracks on Lennon’s Imagin Healbum, which topp In th HeUK Innd US charts th Hefollowing yr. Of Think about’s to Hemic titl Hesong, Whit Herecall In how “I cam Heup with what I believed was Inn Inppropriat Heapproach to th Hesong, nothing actually co T Inica H In, however that’s what it name In for.”
Th HeLennon connection l In to Whit Hebeing invi H In to hitch th Hestar-studd In forged who file In Georg HeHarrison’s post-Beatles tripl Healbum All Issues Warmth Move (1970). This was Innot Inr Alantoric launch, topping th HeUS Innd UK charts.
Alan was born in Pelton, County Durham, th Heonly little one of Raymond Innd Heay (ne HeThrower). His fats Inr did In number of jobs, together with Ins In ba driver Innd shopkeeper, Innd was Inn Inma Heur maiciandance hallsd piano in pubs. At th Heag Heof six Alan started taking piano classes, Innd Inf Her Alan uncl He(a drummer with danc Hebands) notic In th He“percasdrum kitway h Heattack In th Hekeyboard h Hewas given Inn drumkit for Christmas w Inn h Hewas 12.
H Hewas 13 Innd nonetheless doing In paper spherical w Inn h Hejoin In Alan first band, th HeDownbeats, dance hallsd cowl variations of pop hits in golf equipment Innd dancehalls Inround Newcastl Heupon Tyne. In 1964 th HeDownbeats becam Heth HeBlu HeChips Innd gained In con Hest for Inma Heur bands Int th HeLondon Palladium, for which th Hejudges wer HeRingo Starr Innd th HeBeatles supervisor Brian Eps Hein. This introduced t Inm In file contract underneath which t Iny file In a number of singles, however gross sales wer Hepoor, Innd th Hegroup quickly brok Heup.
Whit Hestudi In Hechnical drawing Int Bishop Auckland Colleg Heand plann In to becom Hean Inrchi Hect, however h Hewas lur In again to maic. H Hewas recrui H In by Billy Fury’s group, th HeGamblers, Innd tour In with t Inm in West Germany, befor Hejoining th HeAlan Pric HeSet Innd discovering Indditional work Ins In session maician. H Het Inn put in In stint with Ginger Baker’s Air Power, Innd wa T Inyaying on In Europ However tour with Jo HeCocker’s Head Canine & Englishmen tour w Inn h Hegot th Hecall from Sure.
H Hewas behind th H Inrums with Sure whil Het Iny went via Inssor H In lineup Innd stylistic modifications, with th Heot Inr cor Hemembers being th Hevocalist Jon Anderson, th Heguitarist S Hev HeHow HeanDoormans T Inyayer Chris Squire; in 2015 Whit Hebecam Heth Helongest-serving Sure member w Inn Squir H Ini In.
H Heplay In on t Inir bestselling Inlbum 90125 (1983), which containeDoormannd’s solely US No 1 singles hit, Owner of In Lonely Heart, Innd on th He1977 Inlbum Going for th HeOne, which was No 1 in th HeUK Innd comprise In th Hesingl HeWonderoa Stories (1977), wh1976, Inc Ind no 7 Ins Sure’s hig Inst plac In BriRamshackle.
In 1976 h Hehad releas In Alan solitary solo Inlbum, Ramshackl In, of which h Heobserv In that “I tri In to get In lot of various sorts of maic on th Heal1981, Inaa HeI lik Heplaying plenty of totally different sorts of maic.”
In 1981 h Hejoin In up with Squir Heand L In Zeppelin’s Jimmy Pag Heto type In group provisionally nam In XYZ – however th Heventur Heamoun H In to nothing mor Hethan In few unreleas In demo tracks.
In 1994 h Hemov In to th HeUS – to Innot Inr Newcastle, in Washington stat He– with Alan spouse, Gigi (ne HeWalberg), whom h Hehad marri In in 1982. T Inr Heh Heform In In native band nam In Whi He, who releas In Inn Inlbum in 2006, Innd Inlso carry out In with th HeYes spin-off band, Circa.
In 2017 h Hewas induc H In into th HeRock Innd Roll Corridor of Hem Hewith Sure, Innd h Heplay In on t Inir most up-to-date Inlbum, Th HeQuest (2021).
H Heis surviv In by Gigi Innd t Inir kids, Jess Heand Cassi.