Alex Ligertwood

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Alex Ligertwood
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Ligertwood at the World Classic Rockers Concert, 23 June 2007 Camarillo, California
Background information
Born (1946-12-18) 18 December 1946 (age 72)
Glasgow, Scotland
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active1965–present
Associated actsThe Senate, The Jeff Beck Group, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Santana, Go Ahead, Average White Band, World Classic Rockers, El Chicano, The Dregs, Steve Morse Band

Alexander John "Alex" Ligertwood is a Scottish singer, guitarist and drummer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Santana, with five different stints from 1979 to 1994. He is credited on songs by Santana such as "All I Ever Wanted", "You Know That I Love You", "Winning" and "Hold On". He also performed with The Senate, The Jeff Beck Group and Brian Auger's Oblivion Express. He also appeared with Go Ahead side project started by members of Grateful Dead,[1] John Cipollina and friends, the Average White Band and David Sancious.[2]

Ligertwood sang lead vocals on the song "Crank It Up" by The Dixie Dregs, from their album Industry Standard (1982), [3] as well as contributing the lead vocal on the song "Double Bad" from Jeff Lorber's album In the Heat of the Night (1984).[4]

In 1972, he was a member of the ephemerous Troc band with drummer André Ceccarelli, bassist Jannick Top, pianist Henri Giordano and guitarist Jacky Giraudo.

From 1986 to 1988, Ligertwood was a member of Go Ahead with Bill Kreutzmann and Brent Mydland.[5]

During 2000 he toured with World Classic Rockers. More recently he sang on a cover of the Scorpions song "Is There Anybody There", which appeared on drummer Herman Rarebell's solo album Acoustic Fever (2013). In 2014, Ligertwood's vocals were featured on tracks by El Chicano and in the same year he toured in Japan and Europe with Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express.[6]

In 2014, Ligertwood was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock band El Chicano, as well as Alphonse Mouzon, David Paich, Brian Auger, Ray Parker Jr., Lenny Castro, Siedah Garrett, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Vikki Carr, Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Jessy J, Marcos J. Reyes, Salvador Santana and Spencer Davis. His vocals are featured on the songs "Make Love", "The Viper" and "Outbound" from Gallagher's most recent studio collaboration.[citation needed]

Ligertwood has also performed with The Magic of Santana, a German tribute group whose guests have included other former Santana members.


  1. ^ Go Ahead Vine | Grateful Dead
  2. ^ "Alex Ligertwood interview". The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Industry Standard". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ "In the heat of the night". Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ Hooterollin' Around: Go Ahead and Bob Weir 1987-88 (Brent Mydland III)
  6. ^ "Brian Auger's Oblivion Express/The Band page". Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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