Pattison was invited to the United States from his native Scotland in
1979 by the late Bill Graham to front the band "GAMMA" then being put
together by guitarist Ronnie Montrose - "I'd given up all hope of
finding a quality singer for GAMMA until I heard Davey Pattison."
(Montrose quoted in the Detroit News).
Davey arrived with a notebook
full of Lyrics and began co-writing the GAMMA hits, "Thunder &
Lightning", "No Tears" and "Razor King" for the band's first album.
Two more albums followed and Davey again co-wrote, most notably, the
now classic GAMMA song "Voyager". Major stadium and arena concerts
followed as GAMMA was paired with major rock acts like AC/DC, Santana,
ZZ Top, Journey, Toto and Foreigner. Davey Pattison and GAMMA had
entered the world of big time Rock and Roll.
After years of success, like
many bands, GAMMA's members went their separate ways and in 1986 Davey
was approached by his old friend Robin Trower who asked him to perform
on his forthcoming album "PASSION". "Trower's "PASSION" not only shows
off his guitar playing but showcases the talents of the group's
vocalist. Davey Pattison. who brought the house down with "
'PASSlON's' title track." (Larry Snider, music director at KXIX,
Seattle. "Trower's guitar playing is topped off by a delicious
performance by one of the unsung talents of our time - former GAMMA
front man. Davey Pattison" - Kerrang Magazine, U.K. (The British
Davey continued his work
with Trower playing to sold out venues across the United States and
Canada. Two years later the album "TAKE WHAT YOU NEED" was released,
again to critical acclaim, and the hit single "TEAR IT UP" was aired
on radio stations from coast to coast. In 1990, Atlantic Records
released "IN THE LINE OF FIRE" - "Now more than ever. Trower's music
takes on a quality that's testament to Pattison's influence on the
material" (Kerrang Magazine.) - "Surely now Pattison must be
considered as one of the world's top ten best singers." (Kerrang
1992 saw the release of the
album "BEST OF GAMMA" and record sales soared. Davey reunited with
Ronnie Montrose to tour in support of the album. Live shows received
high praise from fans and critics alike.
For years now, fans, radio
D.J.s, record companies and fellow musicians have been asking Davey
when he would go solo. "The challenge with a solo career", says
Pattison, "is that I'm known for my work with GAMMA and Robin Trower,
both rock acts, but I have never really considered myself just a
"rock" singer. I've been making records since 1969 and sung on
literally hundreds of sessions. I've been on jazz, country, pop, rock
and blues albums and, since my heart lies in the blues and soul, this
CD will reflect
that. I also wanted to feature slide guitarist Steve Canali who I
honestly believe to be one of the best slide players in the world and
Dale Ockerman, who spent 8 years playing keyboards with the Doobie
the last few years Davey has been keeping very busy. A second solo cd
titled "PICTURES" which once again proved to be an outstanding
recording. Written and recorded over a couple of years it really showed
an insight into this talented artist.
Davey was also involved in a reuniting with
Ronnie Montrose and Gamma for "Gamma 4". As one critic put it "yet to
these ears the reformation¹s lynchpin has to be Pattison. The adaptable
yet impassioned Scottish singer earned considerable plaudits during
Gamma¹s first time around"
Recordings with ex Starship great Pete
Sears, appearances on ex Trower drummer Bill Lordan's BLX release, also
on ex Doobie Brothers Dale Ockerman's first solo recording, Davey has
been busy! And just to show you yet another side of his voice Davey was
on not one but two highly popular recordings with guitar wizard Michael
Schenker. The "Endless Jam" recordings also included musical legends
Leslie West, Tim Bogart and Aynsley Dunbar. Of these recordings Davey
said " well people have wanted me to rock...this is it"
And in between all these Davey has once
again joined up with Robin Trower, Dave Bronze and Pete Thompson to
record LIVING OUT OF TIME. Subsequent tours over the last two years in
Europe and North America with this line up have proven highly
successful. For more on this and Davey's latest work please go to the
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