Mel Galley

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Mel Galley
Birth nameMelville John Galley
Born(1948-03-08)8 March 1948
Cannock, Staffordshire, England
Died1 July 2008(2008-07-01) (aged 60)
Heath Hayes and Wimblebury, Staffordshire, England
GenresHard rock, funk rock, pop rock, blues rock, progressive rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1967–2008
Associated actsFinders Keepers, Trapeze, Whitesnake, Phenomena

Melville John "Mel" Galley (8 March 1948 – 1 July 2008) was an English guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his work with Whitesnake, Trapeze, Finders Keepers and Phenomena.

Galley was born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. While a member of Whitesnake, he badly injured his arm in an accident at a fairground in Germany and had to leave the band, as he was unable to play the guitar because of nerve damage as a result of incompetent surgery.[1] Later he became known for playing with "The Claw", a specially developed spring and wire device fitted to his hand which enabled him to play the guitar again. Together with his brother Tom Galley and Wilfried Rimensberger, he was a founding member of Phenomena[2] where his songwriting and guitar playing skills had a major impact on its success.

On 7 February 2008 Galley revealed that he was suffering from esophageal cancer, and had only a short time to live.[3]

"I have been very lucky. I have seen some great bands, and played with many great musicians. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me".

Galley died on 1 July the same year.


With Finders Keepers[edit]

"Sadie, The Cleaning Lady" (single)

With Trapeze[edit]

With Glenn Hughes[edit]

With Whitesnake[edit]

With Phenomena[edit]

With Cozy Powell[edit]


  1. ^ "Whitesnake History". 1984-04-16. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  3. ^ "Former WHITESNAKE/TRAPEZE Guitarist 'Seriously Ill With Cancer'". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 27 June 2018.

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