Interviews from 11th November include Andy Scott of Sweet, along with Chris White from The Straits.
Andy Scott is a British musician and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead guitarist and a vocalist in the band Sweet. Andy first picked up the guitar at 13 moving on to play bass (“because someone had to”) with a plethora of local bands (The Fore-Winds, Missing Links and The Strangers) before settling in the Silverstone Set. In 1966 the group won Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks, six weeks running, eventually to be beaten by Freddie Starr. This led to the Silverstone Set playing support to Jimi Hendrix on his first shows in the UK in 1967. This was a moment of epiphany that moved Andy to return to playing guitar in his next venture “The Elastic Band” with his brother Mike now on bass. When Ted “Gus” Yeadon left to join to the Love Affair, the remaining members of the Elastic Band briefly became the backing group for The Scaffold before Andy and Mike finally moved south to London to complete the line-up of a new band, Mayfield’s Mule. August 1970 and still only 20, Andy was offered the job with The Sweet. The band had been around for a couple of years with limited success and with Andy now completing the “Classic line-up” The Sweet were about to take over the music world. Andyʼs first gig with The Sweet was on 26th September 1970 at The Windsor Ballroom, Redcar (UK) and the rest as they say is history. In 1978 “Love Is Like Oxygen”, written by Andy Scott and Trevor Griffin, won an Ivor Novello nomination in three categories and also took the ASCAP Award that year.
Chris White is an English jazz/rock saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits from 1985–1995, and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger.
Andy Scott of Sweet
Chris White of The Straits