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Andy Latimer

Background information
Birth name Andrew Latimer
Born 17 May 1949 (1949-05-17) (age 60)
Origin Guildford, Surrey, England
Genres Progressive rock
Occupations Guitarist
Singer
Songwriter
Lyricist
Flautist
Keyboardist
Producer
Mixer
Instruments Guitar
Transverse flute
Piccolo
Pan flute
Keyboard
Tambourine
Bass
Piano
Drum Machine
Years active 1964 - present
Labels MCA Records
Camel Productions
Decca Records
Associated acts Camel
Website CamelProductions.com

Andrew Latimer (17 May 1949, Guildford, Surrey) is an English musician and the lone remaining original member of the progressive rock band Camel. He is mainly a guitarist and singer, but also a flautist and keyboardist.

Latimer's guitar playing style is melodic, elegant and emotional. He is considered a magnificent composer, fine occasional lyricist and an emotionally effective singer by newspaper veteran Mark Challinor. He and his band Camel have been overshadowed by the popular progressive rock bands of his period.

Latimer's most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing Fender Stratocasters and other guitars. The amplifiers he uses range from Fender, Vox, and Marshall.

He established a music production named Camel Productions which released Camel's new albums: Dust And Dreams (1991), Harbour of Tears (1996), Rajaz (1999) and A Nod and a Wink (2002).

In May 2007, Susan Hoover, Andrew's wife, announced through the Camel Productions website and newsletter that Andrew Latimer has suffered from a progressive blood disorder polycythaemia vera since 1992, which has since progressed to myelofibrosis. Latimer has responded well to treatment, but suffers from fatigue. This was part of the reason why Camel ceased extensive touring. In late 2007, Andrew underwent a bone marrow transplant and his doctors are currently monitoring his progress. As of September 2008, he is back home and finally recovering his strength, even considering the possibility of a smaller-scale tour in the future.

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