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Leslie West

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Born: 1945/10/22
Birth Place: New York City
Years Active: 1965 - present
Genres: Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-rock, Southern Rock, Heavy Metal

Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein on October 22, 1945) is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. His musical career began with The Vagrants, an R&B/Blue-eyed soul-rock band influenced by the likes of The Rascals that was one of the few teenage garage rock acts to come out of the New York metropolitan area itself. The Vagrants had two minor hits with 1966's “I Can't Make a Friend” and a cover of Otis Redding's “Respect” the following year. Some of the Vagrants' recordings were produced by Felix Pappalardi, who was also working with Cream on their album “Disraeli Gears.” In 1969, West and Pappalardi would form the pioneering hard rock act Mountain, which was also the ... Continue Bio >>

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