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Alan Parsons Project Biography

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Birth Place: United Kingdom
Years Active: 1975–1990
Genres: Progressive Rock, Soft Rock, Pop Rock

The Alan Parsons Project was a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons surrounded by a varying number of session musicians. Behind the revolving lineup and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Woolfson was a lawyer by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Parsons was a successful producer and accomplished engineer. Almost all songs on Project's albums are credited to "Woolfson/Parsons".

Parsons asked Woolfson to become his manager and Woolfson managed Parsons' career as a producer and engineer through a string of successes including Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, John Miles, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and The Hollies.

Their first album, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” including major contributions by all members of Pilot and Ambrosia, was a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 chart. The song "The Raven" featured lead vocals by the actor Leonard Whiting, and was the first rock song to use a digital vocoder, with Alan Parsons speaking lyrics through it.

Arista Records then signed The Alan Parsons Project for further albums. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group's popularity continued to grow. The singles "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You", "Games People Play", "Dammed If I Do", "Time", "Eye in the Sky" and "Don't Answer Me" had a notable impact on the Billboard Hot 100.

After those successes, however, the group began to fade from view. There were fewer hit singles, and declining album sales. 1987's “Gaudi” was the Project's last release.