Ray Fenwick

Raymond John Fenwick (born 18 July 1946) is an English guitarist and session musician, best known for replacing Steve Howe in the Syndicats, and as the lead guitarist of Ian Gillan's post Deep Purple solo project, the Ian Gillan Band.[1]

Ray Fenwick
Background information
Birth nameRaymond John Fenwick
Born (1946-07-18) 18 July 1946
Romford, Essex, England
GenresHard rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active1962–present
LabelsAngel Air
Associated actsThe Syndicats, Spencer Davis Group, Tee-Set, After Tea, Ian Gillan Band, Fancy, Forcefield, Steve Howe's Remedy


Fenwick's first professional group was a ska and bluebeat group called "Ray and the Red Devils". In 1964, he joined The Syndicats as replacement to Steve Howe, and he was in turn replaced by Peter Banks. In 1965 he joined the Dutch group "Tee-Set", from which developed another group "After Tea".

He was with The Spencer Davis Group from 1967 to 1969. He also co-wrote the theme music to the 1970s TV show Magpie, which was credited to "The Murgatroyd Band", which was basically The Spencer Davis Group at the time.

In July 1972, he played guitar on a number of the tracks for Bo Diddley's Chess Records album The London Bo Diddley Sessions. During the '70s he was part of the Ian Gillan Band. He participated in the Jon Lord live album, Windows in 1974. He was also in the group Fancy who had the hits "Touch Me" and a cover of Chip Taylor's "Wild Thing".

He also was a member of the studio project Forcefield (1987–1989) along with Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake and Powell), Jan Akkerman and Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath).

He returned to sessions and then featured on former Rainbow vocalist, Graham Bonnet's album, Here Comes the Night in 1991.

In 2003, Fenwick recorded and toured with Yes guitarist Steve Howe as part of his band Steve Howe's Remedy. He appears on the live concert DVD of Steve Howe's Remedy Elements, having produced the scores for the entire band.

Fenwick produced Jo Jo Laine's girl group single "When The Boy's Happy" on Mercury Records under the name Jo Jo Laine & The Firm.

Personal life

Fenwick taught guitar and jazz grades at various colleges and schools in Britain, including Boston College, Lincolnshire and continues to teach to this day.


  • 1971 Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut
  • 1979 Queen of the Night / Between the Devil and Me (SP)
  • 1997 Groups and Sessions 1962–1978 (anthology)
with Ian Gillan Band
Other projects
  • 1967 National Disaster (After Tea)
  • 1968 With Their New Face On (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1969 Funky (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1971 Magpie (Theme From Thames Television Programme) (The Murgatroyd Band)
  • 1972 Hector and other Peccadillos (Mike Absalom)
  • 1973 Gluggo (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1973 The London Bo Diddley Sessions (Bo Diddley)
  • 1973 Living in a Back Street (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1974 The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (Roger Glover)
  • 1974 Windows (Jon Lord)
  • 1974 Wild Thing (Fancy)
  • 1976 Turns You On (Fancy)
  • 1976 Wizard's Convention (Eddie Hardin)
  • 1982 Circumstantial Evidence (Eddie Hardin)
  • 1981 Finardi (Eugenio Finardi)
  • 1982 Secret Streets (Eugenio Finardi)
  • 1984 Life on Mars (Johnny Mars)
  • 1985 Wind in the Willows (Eddie Hardin)
  • 1987 Long Hot Night (Minute By Minute)
  • 1989 Timewatch (Minute By Minute)
  • 1991 Wind in the Willows – A Rock Concert (Eddie Hardin)
  • 1993 First of the Big Band – BBC1 Live in Concert '74 (Ashton & Lord)
  • 1995 Wizard's Convention 2 (Eddie Hardin)
  • 1995 Still a Few Pages Left (Hardin & York)
  • 1997 Funky (Spencer Davis Group) (recorded in 1967)
  • 1997 Musicians Union Band (recorded in 1971)
  • 1997 24 Carat (Tee Set)
  • 1997 Guitar Orchestra (recorded in 1971)
  • 2003 The Fabulous Summer Wine (Summer Wine) (recorded in 1972)


  1. "Last FM: The Ian Gillan Band". last.fm. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
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