January 19, 2010 by esarsea
Alex Harvey 2/5/35 – 2/4/82
One of my favorite bands from the 70’s was “The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.” They were not very well known in the US, but quite popular in the UK.
I happened to catch them once on TV and was blown away – and became an instant fan. Part of my attraction was that Alex and the band were from Scotland. As many of you know, I am of Scottish heritage. My paternal grandfather was born in Scotland, and emigrated to the US when he was in his early 20’s. I have fond memories from my childhood, sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders as he marched around the livingroom with the bagpipes blaring loudly on the stereo. But I digress…
A friend who I met through the Joe Bonamassa website forum recently sent me a paperback book, The Sensational Alex Harvey. It was a biography, although it primarily spoke to his musical career and less to his personal life. I found it to be a compelling read, and highly recommend it for any fan of rock music in general.
I wanted to post this small tribute as we approach the 28th anniversary of Alex’s death. To Alex, his fans, friends and family…VAMBO STILL ROOLS OK.