TMoS Alex Ligertwood by Rüdiger Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by Rüdiger Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by Rüdiger Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by R. Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by R. Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by R. Deneke
TMoS Alex Ligertwood by R. Deneke

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Alexander J. Ligertwood wurde am 18. Dezember 1946 im schottischen Glasgow geboren. Sein musikalisches Interesse galt Motown, dem Rhythm and Blues und dem Soul. Seine Vorbilder waren Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield und Marvin Gaye.

Ligertwoods Markenzeichen ist die kräftige, soulige Stimme. Zusätzlich spielt er aber auch Gitarre und Percussion.

Seine Karriere begann in den Sechzigerjahren in Schottland. Dort entdeckte ihn Jeff Beck und holte ihn in in den frühen 1970ern nach einer Empfehlung von Maggie Bell in seine Band. Danach sang Alex bei Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express und der Average White Band.

In den späten Siebzigern kam er als Sänger und Gitarrist zu Narada Michael Walden, einem Freund von Carlos Santana, und zu David Sancious & Tone Band, bevor er 1979 bei Santana landete. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt lebte er kurioserweise in Woodstock, wo Santana zehn Jahre zuvor den weltweiten Durchbruch erlebte.

Santana gehörte er mit kurzen Unterbrechungen von 1979 bis 1994 an. Er wirkte unter anderem auf den Alben „Marathon“, „Zebop!“, „Shangó“ und „Sacred Fire“ sowie bei diversen Solo-Projekten von Carlos Santana mit. Seine Stimme ist auf Hits wie All I Ever Wanted, You Know That I Love You, Winning und Hold On (eines der Highlights in der Setlist von The MAGIC of SANTANA) zu hören.

Mit einigen Santana-Kollegen war Ligertwood 1985 am Projekt R.O.A.R. beteiligt. R.O.A.R. hatte mit „You Gotta Do It“ einen Hit.

Neben und nach seiner Santana-Zeit spielte er mit Spyro Gyra, Ben E. King, Carly Simon, der David Garfield Band und anderen.

Inzwischen lebt er in Santa Monica, Kalifornien, verbringt aber auch viel Zeit bei seiner Familie in Frankreich.

Seine Botschaft an die Zuhörer: „Enjoy the music. Music is such an element of humanity that it heals. And it can be gracious. And it can be rewarding. So listen.“


Alexander J. Ligertwood was born in Glasgow at Dec 18th, 1946. His musical interests belonged to Motown, R&B, Blues and Soul; his role models were great musicians such as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield.

His fingerprint is his powerful „soulicious“ voice; however, he also plays guitar and percussion.

Alex´career started in the 1960s in Scotland and went on in the early seventies when he was discovered by Jeff Beck who brought him into his band. After that, Alex was the singer with Brian Auger´s Oblivion Express as well as the Average White Band. Later, he joined Narada Michael Warden (a friend of Carlos Santana) and David Sancious & Tone Band before he became part of SANTANA. (That time, he lived in Woodstock where Santana had his breaktrough ten years before.)

He joined Santana from 1979-1994, with some interruptions. You can listen to him on the Albums Marathon, Zebop!, Shangó and Sacred Fire; he also took part on some solo albums of Carlos Santana. Alex´ great voice can be heard on hits like All I Ever Wanted, You Know That I Love You, Winning ans Hold On (which is a highlight on the setlist of The MAGIC of SANTANA).

During the 1980s, he joined the project R.O.A.R. with some musicians of SANTANA; he also played together with acts like Spyro Gyra, Ben E. King, Carly Simon and David Garfield Band.

By now, Alex lives in Santa Monica, California and spends time with his family in France.

Alex Ligertwood´s message to the audience: „Enjoy the music. Music is such an element of humanity that it heals. And it can be gracious. And it can be rewarding. So listen.“