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|Birth name||Graham Oliver|
|Born||6 July 1952
Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Labels||Carrere, Capitol Records, Enigma Records, Charisma Records, Virgin Records, EMI, Hengest Records|
Oliver played with Saxon from 1976 to 1995 . After leaving the band, he initially reformed his old band Son of a Bitch with former Saxon bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. Son of a Bitch released the album Victim You with Thunderhead singer, Ted Bullet.
Bullet and Gill left the band after the release of the album. They were replaced by the vocalist John Ward, and another former member of Saxon, Nigel Durham on drums. Oliver and Dawson changed the name of the band to Oliver/Dawson Saxon, and undertook a UK tour with Ronnie James Dio. Graham also duetted with Doug Aldrich on "Rainbow in the Dark" on the last gig at Plymouth. They initially performed under the Saxon name before being halted by legal action taken by the version of Saxon featuring Biff Byford.
Oliver has also released the solo album End of an Era. Five of the tracks were written and performed by the rock indie band Bullrush, with whom Graham Oliver's son Paul played drums, along Steve Tudberry and Scott Howitt. Also appearing on the album were Pete Gill, Steve Dawson, Kev Moore, Paul Johnson, Phil Hendriks, Richard Spencer and Chris Archer.
Since 2003, Oliver sometimes plays with former Marc Bolan session musician Paul Fenton, touring under the banner "Mickey Finn's T-Rex" and formerly "T. Rex (A Celebration of Marc and Mickey)". This opportunity materialised after Oliver played "Get It On" with Rolan Bolan at a show in Bradford. Oliver also gained an endorsement from the British guitar company Indie.
As of 2005, Oliver was again playing in Oliver/Dawson Saxon in the US.
Oliver and Steve Dawson are currently writing the book, 'Saxon Drugs and Rock and Roll - The Real Spinal Tap'. The book will tell the story of how Oliver and Dawson were the inspirations for the film This is Spinal Tap, and will include stories that never made it into the film.
- (1979) Saxon
- (1980) Wheels of Steel
- (1980) Strong Arm of the Law
- (1981) Denim and Leather
- (1983) Power & the Glory
- (1984) Crusader
- (1985) Innocence Is No Excuse
- (1986) Rock the Nations
- (1988) Destiny
- (1990) Solid Ball of Rock
- (1992) Forever Free
- (1995) Dogs of War
- (1982) The Eagle has Landed
- (1989) Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies
- (1990) Greatest Hits Live
- (1999) BBC Sessions
- (2000) Live at Buxted Lodge 1980
Son of a Bitch
- (1996) Victim You
- (2000) Re://Landed
- (2003) It's Alive
- (2003) The Second Wave: 25 Years of NWOBHM
- (2012) Motorbiker
- (2001) End of an Era
- Barton, Geoff (16 January 2013). "Saxon: 'Metal fans are the most loyal in the world' – a classic feature from the vaults". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "The Real Spinal Tap". tomahawkpress.com.[dead link]