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Average White Band

AWB perform in Rochester, NY, on 9 May 2008
Background information
Also known as AWB
Origin Dundee, Scotland, UK
Genres Blue-eyed soul
Years active 1971–present
Labels Atlantic
Rhino Records
Onnie McIntyre
Alan Gorrie
Klyde Jones
Fred Vigdor
Rocky Bryant
Former members
Hamish Stuart
Malcolm Duncan
Roger Ball
Robbie McIntosh
Steve Ferrone
Eliot Lewis

Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band who had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. They continue to perform as of 2009.



AWB was formed in 1971 by Alan Gorrie[1] and Malcolm "Molly" Duncan, with Onnie McIntyre[2], Hamish Stuart[3], Roger Ball and Robbie McIntosh[4] joining them in the original line-up. Duncan and Ball, affectionately known as the Dundee Horns, studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (now part of the University of Dundee), and were previously members of Mogul Thrash. Gorrie and McIntyre had been members of Forever More.

The band's breakthrough was a support slot at Eric Clapton's comeback concert in 1973. MCA Records released their debut album, Show Your Hand, which sold poorly. Bruce McCaskill, who was Clapton's tour manager, liked the band's music and agreed to manage them. He borrowed money to take them to the U.S. and to promote them. McCaskill had many contacts from his days with Clapton and managed to get Atlantic Records to sign them. The band relocated to New York, signed to Atlantic and released the follow-up, AWB, better known as "The White Album". This album was the first of many with renowned producer Arif Mardin, and reached #1 in the U.S. Hot 100 chart.

McIntosh died of a heroin overdose on 23 September 1974. (Gorrie also overdosed but Cher kept him conscious until medical help arrived.)[5] McIntosh was replaced by Steve Ferrone (of Bloodstone, and, like McIntosh, previously with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express).

In 1975, the single "Pick Up The Pieces" from the album AWB also reached #1 in the U. S. chart. The track is probably their best known today. The band followed up with LPs Cut the Cake (1975) and Soul Searching (1976), both big sellers and yielding further Top 40 singles. Cut the Cake was dedicated by the surviving band members to Robbie McIntosh's memory. Their next LP, Benny & Us, was a collaboration with soul legend Ben E. King.

After several more albums, AWB's audience and sales dwindled. Their 1980 disco hit "Let's Go Round Again" (UK #12), was covered in the late 1990s by Louise. The group disbanded by 1982. Ferrone went on to work with Duran Duran whilst Hamish Stuart joined Paul McCartney's touring group. In 1985 Gorrie released a solo album, Sleepless Nights. Gorrie, McIntyre, and Ball reunited in 1989 to record Aftershock, but Ball left the band shortly after its release. Eliot Lewis co-wrote with Gorrie on this album and joined the band, replacing lead singer Hamish Stuart.

Average White Band has continued recording (Soul Tattoo 1997, Face to Face, 1999) and touring since. When Eliot Lewis left AWB in September 2002 to pursue other musical opportunities, he was replaced by Klyde Jones (see [6]). Their most recent album release in April 2003 was entitled Living in Colour.

AWB's line-up then included Alan Gorrie (bass, lead vocals), Klyde Jones (guitar, keyboard, lead vocals), Onnie McIntyre (guitar, vocals), Fred Vigdor (sax, keyboard, vocals) and Brian Dunne (drums). Gorrie and McIntyre are the only remaining original members of the band.

Brian Dunne was replaced by Rocky Bryant as drummer for the 2006 tour.





  • Show Your Hand (1973) (re-issued in 1975 as Put It Where You Want It)
  • AWB (1974)
  • Cut the Cake (1975)
  • Soul Searching (1976)
  • Person to Person (live) (1976)
  • Benny & Us (1977)
  • Warmer Communications (1978)
  • Feel No Fret (1979)
  • Shine (1980)
  • Volume VIII (1980)
  • Cupid's in Fashion (1982)
  • Sleepless Nights (1985 - Alan Gorrie solo album)
  • Aftershock (1989)
  • Soul Tattoo (1997)
  • Face To Face (live) (1999)
  • Tonight (DVD) (2002)
  • Living in Colour (2003)
  • Greatest and Latest (2005)
  • Soul & the City, Recorded Live at B. B. King's (2006)

Hit Singles

  • Pick Up the Pieces (1974) U.K. #6, U.S. Pop #1, U.S. R&B #5
  • Cut the Cake (1975) U.K. #31, U.S. Pop #10, U.S. R&B #7
  • If I Ever Lose this Heaven (1975) U.S. Pop #39, U.S. R&B #25
  • School Boy Crush (1975) U.S. Pop #33, U.S. R&B #22
  • Queen of My Soul (1976) U.K. #23, U.S. Pop #40, U.S. R&B #21
  • A Love On Your Own (1976) U.S. Pop #101, U.S. R&B #35
  • Cloudy (live version) (1977) U.S. R&B #55
  • Get It Up (1977) - with Ben E. King U.S. R&B #21
  • Your Love Is A Miracle (1978) U.S. R&B #33
  • Walk On By (1979) U.K. #46
  • When Will You Be Mine (1979) U.K. #49, U.S. R&B #33
  • Let's Go Round Again (1980) U.K. #12, U.S. Pop #53, U.S. R&B #33
  • For You, For Love (1980) U.K. #46, U.S. Pop #106, U.S. R&B #60
  • Let's Go Round Again (re-mix) (1994) U.K. #56




  • The Great Rock Discography - 5th Edition - ISBN 1-84195-017-3
  • Guinness Rockopedia - ISBN 0-85112-072-5
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  • Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - 16th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-190-X
  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books, ISBN 0 352 300744

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