b. Roger Leonard, Wales. A veteran of a small, but thriving, Welsh beat group scene, Leonard was a member of Lucifer And The Corncrakers, the Jets, the Blackjacks, the Jets (again), the Smokeless Zone and the Dream prior to replacing Vic Oakley in the Bystanders in 1968. Concurrently, this close-harmony act had decided to pursue a more progressive direction and became Man on the newcomerGÇÖs arrival. Influenced by Mickey Green of the Pirates and Bo Diddley, LeonardGÇÖs guitar work and compositional skill was crucial in their evolution from concept album acolytes to free-flowing improvisers. He left the band in 1972, following the release of Live At The Padgett Rooms, Penarth and immediately recorded an impressive solo album, Iceberg. This inspired the formation of a permanent band which coincidentally supported Man on tour, but a disappointing second album, Kamikaze, doomed the project. Leonard subsequently rejoined his former colleagues, where he remained until their initial break-up in 1976. In 1981, he finally completed a third album and recorded with Sean Tyla as the Force. Leonard has continued to pursue a career in less fashionable enclaves, both as a solo attraction, and as a member of the re-formed Man. In the 90s he turned his hand to music journalism with admirable effect, completing two witty volumes of Man memoirs.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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