Terry Slesser

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Terry Slesser
Birth name Terence Arthur Wilson
Genres Blues-rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active early 1970s–
Associated acts Back Street Crawler, Beckett, Charlie

Terry Slesser (also known as Terry Wilson-Slesser, born Terence Arthur Wilson) is a blues rock singer from Newcastle, England. He is chiefly known for his role as vocalist in ex-Free guitarist Paul Kossoff's band Back Street Crawler, renamed Crawler after Kossoff's death in 1976.


In the early 1970s, Slesser joined Beckett, replacing their original singer Rob Turner, who was killed in a hit and run accident after a gig at the La Ronde night club in Billingham, Teesside.[citation needed] Beckett released one self-titled album in 1974. Was invited to join Mott The HOOPLE as replacement for Ian Hunter although Slesser then joined Back Street Crawler and its successor band, Crawler, for the balance of the 1970s.

In 1980, after his time with Crawler, Slesser was considered by AC/DC when they were looking for a replacement for vocalist Bon Scott, who had died in February of that year. Slesser eventually turned down this opportunity, choosing not to join an established music group.

In 1983, Slesser was featured as lead vocalist with Charlie on their US hit single "It's Inevitable", and the related album. The related video was quite popular on MTV. .[citation needed] Also in 1983, Slesser was featured on backing vocals on the Def Leppard album Pyromania.[citation needed] In 1984, he toured Europe, Japan and the USA as a backing vocalist with the Michael Schenker Group.

As of 2013, Slesser is still touring as a solo act or occasionally with Freeway, with ex-Free drummer Simon Kirke.

Terry has twin sons called Simon and Adam.

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