8 October 1949 |
||Jazz, R&B, funk, pop, soul
||Musician, composer, record producer
||Guitar, bass, vocals
||Average White Band, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
James Hamish Stuart (born 8 October 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, bassist, singer, composer and record producer.
Stuart went to Wellington College where he joined up with Tony Wade and Mark Waters in 1963 to form a 'college' band. At the time he played drums.
He recorded a couple of singles with his first band, the Dream Police, before he was invited to join the recently formed Average White Band in June 1972.
A member of AWB from 1972 to 1982, he went on to work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and David Sanborn.
He wrote Atlantic Starr's 1986 hit "If Your Heart Isn't In It" and songs for Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson and Diana Ross.
Stuart joined Paul McCartney’s band (where he switched between guitar and bass as necessary with McCartney) for McCartney's 1989 comeback album, Flowers in the Dirt, and appearing on several other albums and McCartney's world tours of 1989 and 1993.
After collaborating on numerous albums for other artists, he recorded his first solo album Sooner or Later in 1999, 17 years after leaving the Average White Band (AWB), and which he released on his own record label, Sulphuric Records.
Apart from playing with his own group, the Hamish Stuart Band, and with his fellow Glaswegian guitarist and friend Jim Mullen, Stuart has also produced Gordon Haskell and the Swedish singer-songwriter, Meja.
In 2006, Stuart toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band as bassist. He joined Starr again for the 2008 tour.
In 2007 he produced and appeared as a guest vocalist on the album All About the Music by The AllStars collective.
He the curator of the annual mOare Music festival, along with partner Claire Houlihan and friend Tom Sutton-Roberts, held in the village of Oare Faversham, Kent. Moare Music is in its third year and goes from strength to strength. A small village with a big heart for live music.
With the Average White Band 
With Chaka Khan 
With Paul McCartney 
Other recordings 
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