|The seven million people who bought Eric Clapton's Unplugged album and the countless more who saw the MTV Unplugged TV show experienced the work of Andy Fairweather-Low, who served as Clapton's backup guitarist/vocalist. But probably few in that giant audience knew that Fairweather-Low had once been a teen idol and had an extensive recorded catalog in groups and as a solo star. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Fairweather-Low formed The Amen Corner in the mid-'60s, for which he served as lead singer. The group scored six U.K. hits from 1967 to 1969, the biggest of which was the number one "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice."
Its success put Fairweather-Low's attractive face on the bedroom walls of teenage girls all over Britain. The Amen Corner broke up at the end of the '60s and evolved into the more progressive Fairweather, which scored a hit with "Natural Sinner" in 1970, but broke up in 1971. Fairweather-Low retired for several years, but returned as a solo artist in 1974 and made a series of albums through 1980, reaching the U.K. Top Ten with the singles "Reggae Tune" and "Wide Eyed and Legless." Gradually, however, he began to work as a sideman to more prominent British musicians, notably ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters, and with the ARMS benefit group in 1987. He toured Japan with George Harrison and Eric Clapton in 1991 and has since been part of Clapton's backup band. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide