Snowy White

Snowy White

Infobox musical artist
Name = Snowy White

Img_capt = Snowy White on Tour with Roger Waters June 6, 2007 in Ottawa
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date and age|1948|3|3|df=y
in Barnstaple, Devon, England
Died =
Alias =
Genre = Rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock, Blues-rock
Instrument = Guitar
Occupation = Musician, Songwriter
Associated_acts = Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Mick Taylor, "Snowy White's Blues Agency", "Snowy White and the White Flames"
Label = Towerbell, White Flames, Repertoire, Hypertension, Cleopatra
Years_active = 1973 - present
URL = [ The White Flames Magazines]
Notable_instruments = Gibson Les Paul "Goldtop"

Terence Charles "Snowy" White (born 3 March 1948, in Barnstaple, Devon) is an English guitarist, primarily known for having played with Thin Lizzy (permanent member from 1979 to 1981) and with Pink Floyd (as a back-up player; he was first invited to join the band through Europe and the United States, in 1977, and during The Wall shows in 1980) and, more recently, for Roger Waters' band. He is also known for his 1983 solo effort "Bird of Paradise", which became an UK Singles Chart Top Ten hit single.


White grew up on the Isle of Wight, completely self-taught as a guitarist, having received his first guitar from his parents at the age of ten. He moved to Stockholm in 1965 at the age of seventeen, spending more than a year there playing in a trio called The Train. In 1968 he purchased his signature guitar, the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. By 1970 he made his way to London and found work as a session player and as a member of Heavy Heart. During this time he was also to meet guitar legend Peter Green and the two would form a lifelong friendship (White later appeared on Green’s album " In The Skies ").

White had been recommended to Pink Floyd by Kate Bush’s former manager Hilary Walker, as they were looking for an additional guitarist for the live band on the “In The Flesh” stadium tour of 1977. White’s solo on “Pigs On The Wing,” although ultimately not used for the "Animals" album version (it appears on the 8-track version), was his very first time playing for the band (as David Gilmour did not require an audition). During the tour, White started off the show himself by playing bass on the song “Sheep,” as well as soloing during “Have A Cigar” and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond part XIII.”

Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham saw White play with Pink Floyd in New York City during the In The Flesh tour and approached him about joining Thin Lizzy in 1979. White accepted as he appreciated their more melodic approach to hard rock and felt their styles would be complementary.

The collaboration with these two bands was very complicated; the invitation to rehearse the live show of "The Wall" for Pink Floyd happened at the same time he was invited to become a full-time member of Thin Lizzy, with whom he recorded/co-wrote their "Chinatown" and "Renegade" albums.

White's connection to Pink Floyd continued in later decades. White was invited by the then former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters to perform in another take of "The Wall", in 1990, by the ruins of the Berlin Wall, along with other guest artists. Also in 1991 for the 'Guitar Legends' concert, in Seville, and with David Gilmour as the guest on Snowy's 1994 album "Highway to the Sun", appearing on the track "Love, Pain and Sorrow", with Gilmour playing his Digitech Whammy pedal-induced Fender Stratocaster which was recorded at Gilmour's houseboat studio The Astoria.

Apart from guest appearances by Chris Rea, David Gilmour and Gary Moore, it also introduced two new Dutch-Indonesian musicians, Juan van Emmerloot (drums) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass and rhythm guitar). Kuma Harada also played bass and rhythm.

White's next album project was entitled "Gold Top", after his well-known Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Standard guitar. It features material in which White has been involved from as far back as 1974 right up to 1996, including two tracks from Thin Lizzy, jams from the Peter Green "In the Skies" session (with Peter on 2nd guitar), Al Stewart "Live in Philadelphia" (1974), and the only complete version of the Pink Floyd song "Pigs on the Wing" featuring White's original guitar solo.

White has recorded five albums with his White Flames band. The first three were "No Faith Required" in 1996, "Little Wing" in 1998 and "Keep Out: We Are Toxic" in 1999 (see discography below).

In 1999 White joined Roger Waters for his band's In the Flesh U.S. tour, which was so successful that, in the Summer of 2000, Waters again toured the U.S., this time recording a live album and making a film of the show. Once again, from February to July 2002 White toured the world with Roger Waters.

Another White Flames album (as a three-piece), entitled "Restless", was released in May 2002.

Spring 2005 saw the release of a new White Flames album, entitled "The Way It Is", with a basic four-piece outfit consisting of Richard Bailey (drums/percussion), Walter Latupeirissa (bass) and Max Middleton (keyboards). A DVD, 'The Way It Is...Live!' has been completed of the promotional tour.

White is touring with Roger Waters in the current The Dark Side of the Moon Live tour since June 2006, having played in Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and South America. He also performed with Waters at Live Earth.


*1983: Snowy White - "White Flames"
*1984: Snowy White - "Snowy White" (also known as "Land of Freedom")
*1984: Snowy White - "That Certain Thing"
*1988: Snowy White's Blues Agency - "Change My Life"
*1989: Snowy White's Blues Agency - "Open For Business" (aka "Blues On Me")
*1994: Snowy White - "Highway to the Sun"
*1995: Mick Taylor & Snowy White - "Arthur's Club-Geneve 1995"
*1996: Snowy White & the White Flames - "No Faith Required"
*1998: Snowy White & the White Flames - "Little Wing" (released as "Melting" in U.S.)
*1999: Snowy White & the White Flames - "Keep Out - We Are Toxic"
*2002: Snowy White & the White Flames - "Restless"
*2005: Snowy White & the White Flames - "The Way It Is"
*2007: Snowy White & the White Flames - "Live Flames"


*1993: Snowy White's Blues Agency - "The Best of Snowy White's Blues Agency"
*1996: Snowy White - ""
*1999: Snowy White - "Pure Gold - The Solo Years 1983-98" (compilation)
*2003: Snowy White - "Bird Of Paradise - An Anthology" (compilation, Double CD)

Thin Lizzy

* "Chinatown", 1980
* "Renegade", 1981
* "Life", 1983

Pink Floyd

* "Animals" (bridging piece on 8-track cartridge only), 1977
* "Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81", 2000

Richard Wright

* "Wet Dream" by Richard Wright, 1978

Roger Waters

* "The Wall Live in Berlin", 1990
* "", 2000
* "", 2002

Other recordings featuring Snowy White

* "...Waiting On You" by Jonathan Kelly's Outside, 1974
* "In the Skies" by Peter Green, 1979
* "Solo in Soho" by Philip Lynott, 1980
* "Snow Blind Tom Newman and Friends", c. 1983Fact|date=March 2007
* "New Worlds Fair" by Michael Moorcock and The Deep Fix, United Artists, 1975
* "Looking for Somebody" Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music of Peter Green, 1997


* "Live From London" (2005)
* "The Way It Is...Live!" (2005)
* "Instropective" (2005)

External links

* [ Snowy White's official website]

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