Wally (3)

Members of Wally (3): Alan Craig, Roy Webber
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Discography of Wally (3):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Wally 6 Audio 1974 Atlantic
2 Valley Gardens 7 Audio 2010-10-20
3 Wally 6 Audio 2010-10-20
4 Valley Gardens 7 Audio 1975 Atlantic
5 I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy 2 Audio 1974 Atlantic
6 Wally 6 Audio 1993 Atlantic
7 Valley Gardens 7 Audio 1993 Atlantic
8 Wally 6 Audio 1974 Atlantic
9 Wally 6 Audio 2008 Retro Disc International
10 Wally 6 Audio 2008 Wounded Bird Records
11 Nez Percé 2 Audio 1975 Atlantic

Wally, led by singer/songwriter Roy Webber, originated in Harrogate, Yorkshire in England in the early '70s. The original lineup was completed by Pete Cosker (Electric and acoustic guitars), Paul Gerrett (Fender Rhodes, harmonium, grand piano, harpsichord, mellotron, Hammond organ and vocals), Paul Middleton (Steel guitar and bass), Roger Narraway on the drums and Pete Sage playing electric violin, bass and Mandolin.

In 1973, after playing the northern UK pub rock circuit, Wally entered a new act competition organized by English music paper Melody Maker. The band made it to the finals held at London's Roundhouse Theatre, but did not win. They did however catch the eye of one of the judges, "Whispering" Bob Harris, legendary DJ of The Old Grey Whistle Test. The runners-up prize was the opportunity to record a session for Harris's BBC radio show The Monday Program. Taking Wally under his wing, Harris secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records. "I really liked them," recalls Bob Harris. "I liked the swirling sound they made...acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, Fender Rhodes piano and pedal steel guitar. I liked their harmonies, the way their voices matched. I liked their influences...David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Neil Young. But most of all I liked Roy Webber's songs."

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.

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