Andy Hamilton (pop musician)

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Andy Hamilton (born 1953) is a British tenor saxophonist who has played with Duran Duran ("Rio"[1][2] and "Union of the Snake"), Wham!,[1] Elton John,[1] Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner, George Michael, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Bon Jovi and David Bowie.

After spending the 70s playing with visiting soul artistes in the UK and US, he toured extensively with Dexy's Midnight Runners in the USA and Europe. He recorded an album 'V Deep' with the Boomtown Rats where he met Tony Visconti...playing on several Visconti productions. He played at Live Aid with the Boomtown Rats.He recorded horns on the 12" of 'Planet Earth' by Duran Duran beginning a relationship with the band that would last over 20 years.He played a sax solo on their hit 'Rio" .He toured extensively with Duran Duran during the 80s and during their reunion in 2003. Andy played on many of the Wham! records and subsequently with George Michael contributing the sax solo on 'Cowboys And Angels' from the album 'Listen Without Prejudice'. He toured with George on the 'Faith' tour, the 'Cover To Cover' tour and the '25 Live' tour. He's also played and recorded with Radiohead, Judie Tzuke, Nina Hagen, Altered Images, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney.

Andy Hamilton has composed theme and incidental music for television and film in both the USA and the UK. He has a songwriting partnership with guitarist Phil Palmer and they won the UK Songwriting contest in 2015 with the song 'Everything's Great All The Time' As well as saxophones, Andy Hamilton also plays keyboards and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) George Michael Live in Australia.


  1. ^ a b c Halperin, Shirley; Amter, Charlie (6 July 2011). "From Pink Floyd to Lady Gaga: 12 Awesome Sax Solos". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2001). All Music Guide: the Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4. Retrieved 14 August 2011.

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