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Wally are a Harrogate based band who recorded two albums for Atlantic in the mid seventies. The albums were the self titled debut produced by Rick Wakman and Bob Harris and the second album Valley ...

GONZO WEEKLY #182: Jon and Stu talk about Wally

Wally is one of those bands that unaccountably just didn't quite make it on a commercial level. Why? Nobody really knows, because they were always (and occasionally still are, because they are all ...

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Wally Biography

Wally, led by the singer-songwriter Roy Webber, was an English progressive rock band, which originated in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in the early 1970s.

In 1973, after playing the northern pub rock circuit that included venues in Manchester, Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford, they entered a New Act competition organised by the music paper Melody Maker, making it to the finals at London's Roundhouse. They did not win - that honour went to a Prog Rock band named Druid - but they caught the eye of one of the judges, 'Whispering' Bob Harris of The Old Grey Whistle Test fame.

Their 'runners-up' prize was the chance to record a session for Harris's BBC radio show, The Monday Programme. He took the band under his wing and set up a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Their debut album, Wally, released in 1974, was co-produced by Harris, along with Rick Wakeman who had seen one of the band's warm-up gigs before the Roundhouse final.

After its release, the band, now managed by Brian Lane (best known as the manager of Yes), embarked on a series of tours taking in most of Britain, Japan and the United States. They supported Yes at a headline London concert at the Alexandra Palace and also made an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. On their second album, Valley Gardens, Nick Glennie-Smith replaced Paul Gerrett on keyboards. However, by that time continual touring had taken its toll, and the band eventually split after Atlantic decided to cut their losses and pulled the plug.

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