Ted Turner (guitarist)

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Ted Turner
Birth nameDavid Alan Turner
Born (1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 68)
Sheldon, Birmingham, England
GenresRock music, progressive rock, Blues art rock, new age soul
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter, musician
InstrumentsElectric guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsMartin Turner, Wishbone Ash, Andy Powell

David Alan "Ted" Turner (born 2 August 1950) is an English guitarist and vocalist best known for his work with the 1970s rock band Wishbone Ash, in which he was famed for his twin lead guitar instrumental arrangements with Andy Powell. Turner also contributed lap steel guitar to a variety of Wishbone Ash recordings.[1][2]


Pre-Wishbone Ash[edit]

Prior to Wishbone Ash, Turner played with the Birmingham band, King Biscuit.

Wishbone Ash[edit]

Turner joined Wishbone Ash in 1969, leaving after their fourth album, Wishbone Four, in 1974.

His main guitar during this period was a maple necked Fender Stratocaster. He also used a Gibson Les Paul and vintage lap steel guitars. Wishbone Ash also used the early Orange/Matamp amplifiers during this period.

In 1971, Turner was invited to play on John Lennon's Imagine, on "Crippled Inside" and "How Do You Sleep".

Post-Wishbone Ash[edit]

In the spring of 1974, Ted left Wishbone Ash and the music business to travel the world. By 1975 he had found his way to New Orleans and into the 'World Man Band' project, an attempt to raise global consciousness through rock music based upon information from R. Buckminster Fuller. Later that same year, Turner moved to Los Angeles to record, write and produce music artists including George Harrison, Billy Preston and Al Stewart.[citation needed]

In 1980, Turner returned to England and did studio work with Stewart Copeland, Gene October, and Brian James. The next year found him once again in the United States, where he married and formed a new band. Called "Choice", it featured Greg Cook (guitars, keyboards, and vocals), Robbie Hewlett (bass guitar) and Bobby Dean Wickland (drums). In 1982, Ted joined the re-formed "Badfinger" and toured the country with them.

From 1983 to 1985, Turner was involved in various recording projects with such artists as Brian Auger and Rod Stewart. In 1985 he moved to Chicago, recorded with various artistes including Sugar Blue.

Rejoining Wishbone Ash[edit]

In 1987 he rejoined Wishbone Ash and with them recorded "Nouveau Calls" for Miles Copeland III's No Speak label. In the spring of 1988, the original Wishbone Ash toured England and Europe for the first time in 15 years, and in the autumn of that year Turner and Andy Powell were invited to join Copeland's "Night of the Guitar" tour. That group included such guitar legends as Randy California, Peter Haycock, Steve Howe, Steve Hunter, Robby Krieger, Leslie West, Alvin Lee and Jan Akkerman.

Later work[edit]

Turner continued to tour and record with Wishbone Ash until 1994, when he once again decided to depart. In that same year, he suffered – and witnessed – the loss of his son Kipp, who was killed by a drunk driver in Scottsdale, Arizona. He now has a daughter Sloane. He has also made guest appearances with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, led by Wishbone Ash's founding original member bassist/vocalist Martin Turner (no relation) including a performance at the High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park in July 2010. Other festival appearances in Japan and Mexico.

In February 2014 Ted married his soulmate Majella. A gifted singer songwriter, and in the spring of 2018 released their first musical collaboration “Better Together” receiving international acclaim and the birth of a new musical genre “New Age Soul”. The album was recently nominated for “best album of the year 2018” by Get Ready To Rock Radio, one of the major U.K. stations.


He has been voted one of Rolling Stone's 'Top Twenty Rock Guitarists of All Time', and named by Traffic magazine as "one of the most important guitarists in rock history".[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hill, Gary. Ted Turner at Allmusic
  2. ^ Cromelin, Richard. Argus album review, Rolling Stone, 17 August 1972

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