Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire but living most of his early life in East London Alan started playing Guitar in a school band. After leaving school at 16 he playing in various bands in local clubs and bars until eventually touring in Europe at 18 years old with a popular East London band called the ‘Medium’ It was at this time upon his return to the U.K. that he first met John Richardson, who auditioned for the Medium on drums.
As a session musician he played with John on many early 70’s recordings of such artists as Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Barry Blue, John Lodge (Moody Blues) Lynsey De Paul and later Randy Van Walmer. During this time he and John had some minor chart successes as a duo called ‘Basin & Copperfield’. These included amongst others a ‘Beatles’ cover ‘The Long and Winding Road’. They appeared on ‘Top of the Pops’ the self penned ‘I Never See The Sun’ but still success eluded them. Then in 1974 after having taken part in the recording of ‘Sugar Baby Love’ with John and Pete he became a member of the Rubettes and remained throughout the bands career writing with John many of the bands ‘Hit’s’ and acting as co conspirator in much of their direction.
Following John’s departure in 1983 Alan concentrated on a solo career that produced one album and several singles on Carrere Records but with scant success however further Rubettes albums having been conceived and written by Alan were released during the ensuing years on his own Dice Records label.
During the Rubettes success years Alan continued recording with John as a duo and had a succession of releases on Polydor records under the name of ‘Richards’ n Williams’ and later as ‘John and Alan’ although none of them ever produced a major hit.
Alan now performs with his own ‘Rubettes’ band with John and Mick.
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