John Wetton

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John Kenneth Wetton (12 June 1949 – 31 January 2017) was an English musician, singer and songwriter.[1] Known for his dexterous bass playing and booming baritone voice, Wetton first began to gain fame in 1971 when he joined Family for a short time before joining King Crimson in 1972.[2]

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John Wetton
Background information
Birth nameJohn Kenneth Wetton
Born(1949-06-12)12 June 1949
Willington, Derbyshire, England
OriginBournemouth, Dorset, England
Died31 January 2017(2017-01-31) (aged 67)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Bass
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1965–2017
Formerly of
WebsiteOfficial website

After the breakup of King Crimson at the end of 1974, Wetton spent the next seven years as a member of several other progressive rock and hard rock bands, Roxy Music (1974–1975), Uriah Heep (1975–1976), U.K. (1977–1980) and Wishbone Ash (1980–1981).[1] In 1981, he became the co-founder, singer and principal songwriter of supergroup Asia,[1] which proved to be his biggest commercial success. The debut Asia album sold ten million copies worldwide and was Billboard magazine's number one album of 1982.

He later formed the duo Icon with his Asia bandmate (and songwriting partner) Geoff Downes. From the 1990s he had a successful solo career. Wetton signed his name with his left hand[3] but played bass right handed.

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