Band Member Profiles
Jamie Crompton - Guitar
Jamie Crompton began his musical career in the late seventies, playing drums with various New Wave bands, such as the New Hearts, before moving onto the guitar. In 1983 Jamie played with a band called the Blue Meanies, who incidentally featured future Wishbone Ash drummer Ray Weston in its line-up. In the early eighties Jamie joined Suzi Quatro, with whom he toured the world extensively and recorded two albums in the States.
In late 1985 Suzy Quatro's sound man was offered a tour with Wishbone Ash. This led to Jamie playing a one-off concert during the Summer of 1985 with Wishbone Ash in Basel, Switzerland, deputising for Laurie Wisefield, who had been unable to make this show. The show went well and after Laurie left Wishbone on New Year's Eve, 1985, Jamie was asked to continue with Wishbone, the result being an extensive period of touring throughout 1986-87. No albums were released during this time, but Jamie was involved in the writing and recording of some demo material recorded at Surrey Sound.
When the original Wishbone Ash reformed in 1987, Jamie stepped down to allow for the return of original member Ted Turner. Jamie's part in the story, however, was not over. With Ted Turner having immigration problems, the original only made the final day of rehearsals for the band's Spring 1988 reunion tour, leaving him unprepared for the more recent material with which he was not familiar. This resulted in Jamie playing the first half of the show, with Ted being brought on midway through the show.
Following his departure from Wishbone Ash, Jamie quit touring due to family commitments and took up a managerial position at Gibson Guitars in Denmark Street, London. Jamie subsequently became head of Artist Relations at Fender Musical Instruments in Surrey.