David O'List

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David O'List
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Background information
Born (1948-12-13) 13 December 1948 (age 66)
Origin Chiswick, West London, England
Genres Rock music, glam rock
Years active 1960s-present
Labels Decca, CBS
Associated acts The Attack, The Misunderstood, The Nice, Jet, Roxy Music
Website davidolist.com

David 'Davy' O'List (born 13 December 1948) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist and trumpeter.[1] Most notably, he played with the Attack, the Nice with Keith Emerson on organ and piano, Roxy Music (before being replaced by Phil Manzanera), and Jet (before being replaced by Ian Macleod).


O'List (using the name David John) started the Attack in 1966; managed by Don Arden, they were part of the 1960s Swinging London scene, and released four singles: "Try It"/"We Don't Know" (Decca F 12550), "Hi Ho Silver Lining"/"Anymore Than I Do" (Decca F 12578), "Created By Clive"/"Colour Of My Mind" (Decca F 12631) and "Neville Thumbcatch"/"Lady Orange Peel" (Decca F 12725).[2]

The Nice[edit]

O'List was picked by Andrew Loog Oldham as guitarist for the Nice, then a backing band for P. P. Arnold, and left the Attack in February 1967.[2] By May, the band were gigging in their own right, and gained their own billing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival that summer;[3] their first album, however, did not appear until early 1968. Their only hit single, "America", a heavily re-worked version of Leonard Bernstein's song from West Side Story, achieved number 21 in the UK charts in July of that year.[4] O'List's style in the Nice was described by Bruce Eder of Allmusic as "Hendrix-ish guitar ... in sharp relief."[5] However, with two strong instrumentalists competing, O'List left The Nice in autumn 1968 during the recordings for their second album.[3]

While with the Nice, O'List substituted for Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd briefly in 1967.[6]

After the Nice[edit]

O'List also played briefly in Jethro Tull after the departure of Mick Abrahams.[7]

In early 1969, O'List provided guitar and bass for the Misunderstood[8] and an early version of Roxy Music between October 1971 and February 1972.[9] O'List reunited with Roxy Music vocalist Bryan Ferry in 1974 as one of the guitarists on Ferry's second solo album, Another Time, Another Place. Ferry's hit cover of "The 'In' Crowd" featured a striking O'List guitar solo. After Roxy Music, O'List joined Jet in 1974. They released one album in 1975 and split in 1976 during recording sessions for their second album.

Solo career[edit]

O'List released a solo album in 1997, entitled Flight of the Eagle. His second solo release Second Thoughts is due for release in March 2015.[1]


  1. ^ a b David O'List at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b The Attack at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b The Nice at AllMusic
  4. ^ Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini; Jo Rice (1993). Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. London: Guinness Superlatives. p. 226. ISBN 0-8511-2633-2. 
  5. ^ The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack at AllMusic
  6. ^ Mason, Nick (2004-11-30). Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 96. ISBN 0-297-84387-7. 
  7. ^ "Jethro Tull – Biography". The Marquee Club. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "VdGG Profile: Misunderstood". www.fuzzlogic.com. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  9. ^ Bracewell, Michael (2007). Re-make/Re-model Art,Pop,Fashion and the Making of Roxy Music, 1953-1972. London: Faber and Faber. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-571-22985-7. 

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