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Billy Bremner

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William “Billy” Bremner (born in 1947, in Scotland) is best known for his work as guitar player of Rockpile which played on the bulk of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds’ albums throughout the mid-1970s. Bremner acted as lead vocalist on the Rockpile songs, “Heart” and “You Ain’t Nothing But Fine” and on the only album credited to Rockpile, Seconds of Pleasure, released in 1980. He also wrote Edmunds’ hit, “Trouble Boys”, but used an alias, so as not to be confused with the more famous footballer.

He played with The Luvvers, who in the early 1960s were Lulu’s backing band and recorded a single in 1966, “The House on the Hill/Most Unlovely” for Parlophone. In 1971 he added some guitar work to March Hare, the first solo album from ex-Honeybus member Colin Hare.

After Rockpile split in 1981, Bremmer played lead guitar on The Pretenders’ 1982 single “Back on the Chain Gang/My City was Gone”. Bremner released his first solo album, “BASH!” in 1984, containing songs co-written with Will Birch drummer/songwriter of The Records, Elvis Costello and Difford & Tillbrook (of Squeeze). A second album followed in 1999, A Good Week’s Work.

After stints in Los Angeles and Nashville, he moved to Sweden in the 1990s where he hooked up with The Refreshments, recording a few CDs with them. In 2006, Bremner released his third solo album, No Ifs, Buts, Maybes.


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