Dave Ball (musician)

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Dave Ball
Birth name David J. Ball
Born (1950-03-30)30 March 1950
Died 1 April 2015(2015-04-01) (aged 65)
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1971–2015
Associated acts Procol Harum

Dave Ball (born David J. Ball; 30 March 1950 – 1 April 2015) was an English guitar player.[1]

In April 1971, he left Big Bertha and joined Procol Harum after he saw an advertisement in Melody Maker.[1] He replaced Robin Trower, who had left the group to form his own band. He can be heard on the group's live album, Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, but left the group during the recording sessions for their 1973 album Grand Hotel, in September 1972.

He then formed the group Bedlam with his brother Dennis and drummer Cozy Powell, who released an album on Chrysalis Records, but the group disbanded after a brief period. He also recorded with Long John Baldry on Baldry's 1973 album Good to Be Alive.[2] He also played in the Nickey Barclay Band in London in the 1980s.[3] In 1988, while working in Oman, he performed in the band Rashid Goes To Nizwa.[citation needed]

For a time, he joined the Army.[1]

He last played with Gary Brooker of Procol Harum in London, in July 2007. He also sometimes played with the Procol Harum tribute band, The Palers. He released a solo album, Don't Forget Your Alligator, in 2012.[4]

Ball died of bowel cancer in April 2015 at the age of 65.[5] This tribute recognised he was a great guitarist, but also a top-notch illustrator and writer. [6]


  1. ^ a b c "Guitarist, Mr Dave Ball". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Dave Ball talks to Antonio Costa Barbé". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  3. ^ "John Conroy's Story". Tuvstarr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Dave Ball, guitarist: review of his first solo album, 'Don't Forget your Alligator'". Procolharum.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  5. ^ Dave Ball: Lead guitarist who joined prog-rockers Procol Harum in time to feature on their seminal 1972 live album
  6. ^ "Dave Ball passed away". Dmme.net. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 

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