Former Thin Lizzy guitarist (1979-80)

DAVE FLETT

 Dave Flett and Midge Ure
Thin Lizzy with DAVE FLETT (center back) and Midge Ure (right back)

DAVE FLETT was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 Manfred Mann's Earth Band: The Roaring Silence In 1976 Dave joined MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, replacing Mick Rogers. At the same time Chris Hamlet Thompson joined as new vocalist, guitarist and front man. The first album produced by line-up was The Roaring Silence which included the big hit single Blinded By The Light (written by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN).

 Dave Flett Southampton University 1976

The following year they released the very successful album Watch which included the hit single Quinn The Eskimo, which was written by Bob Dylan.

 Dave Flett and Pat King
DAVE FLETT and Pat King

Manfred Mann's Earth Band release of "Quinn The Eskimo" is actually a re-make of the MANFRED MANN hit "The Mighty Quinn" from 1968. That release pre-dated the versions officially released by either DYLAN or THE BAND. It was reported that the group originally picked the song up after hearing it from a bootleg recording that was made in the now infamous Basement Tapes of Dylan and the Band jamming.

 Dave Flett and Midge Ure
Thin Lizzy with DAVE FLETT and Midge Ure

Dave joined THIN LIZZY for their tour of Australia and Japan in late 1979 and early 1980 as Scott's other guitarist, a position that was already temporarily being filled by MIDGE URE. This addition allowed Midge to play keyboards on some songs, and Thin Lizzy to have triple lead guitar on others. Dave left the band at the end of the tour.

 Dave Flett and Midge Ure
Thin Lizzy with DAVE FLETT and Midge Ure

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