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Snowy White
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Snowy White on tour with Roger Waters, 6 June 2007, in Ottawa
Background information
Birth nameTerence Charles White
Born (1948-03-03) 3 March 1948 (age 73)
Barnstaple, Devon, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, pop rock, blues, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, vocals
Years active1965–present
LabelsTowerbell, White Flames, Repertoire, Hypertension, Cleopatra
Associated acts Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band, Rick Wright, Max Middleton, Snowy White's Blues Agency, Snowy White & The White Flames, Snowy White Blues Project, Meek Mill

Terence Charles "Snowy" White [1] (born 3 March 1948, Barnstaple, Devon) is an English guitarist, known for having played with Thin Lizzy (permanent member from 1980 to 1982) and with Pink Floyd (as a backing guitarist; he was first invited to tour with the band through Europe and the United States in 1977, and during The Wall shows in 1980), and more recently, for Roger Waters' band. [1] He is also known for his 1983 solo offering "Bird of Paradise", which became a UK Singles Chart Top 10 hit single. [2]



White grew up on the Isle of Wight, self-taught as a guitarist, having received his first guitar from his parents at the age of ten. He moved to Stockholm in 1965 at the age of seventeen, spending more than a year there playing in a trio called the Train. In 1968 he purchased his signature guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. By 1970 he made his way to London and found work as a session player and as a member of Heavy Heart. During this time he met Peter Green and the two began a lifelong friendship (White later appeared on Green's album In the Skies ). In the 1960s Snowy White went on to play with Island Friends Patrick Bradley and Les Payne.

White had been recommended to Pink Floyd by Kate Bush's former manager Hilary Walker, as they were looking for an additional guitarist for the live band on the Animals tour in 1977. White's solo on "Pigs on the Wing" (it appears on the 8-track version), was his first time playing for the band. During the tour, White started off the show by playing bass guitar on the song "Sheep", as well as soloing during "Have a Cigar" and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part VIII".

In 1979 Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, having seen White play with Pink Floyd in New York City during the Animals tour, approached him about joining Thin Lizzy. [1]

The collaboration with these two bands was very complicated; the invitation to rehearse the live show of The Wall for Pink Floyd, happened at the same time he was invited to become a full-time member of Thin Lizzy, with whom he recorded/co-wrote their Chinatown and Renegade albums. [1] White left Thin Lizzy in August 1982.

White's connection to Pink Floyd continued in later decades. White was invited by former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters to perform at The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990, by the ruins of the Berlin Wall, along with other artists. [1] Waters also called on White in 1991 for the "Guitar Legends" concert, in Seville. [1] David Gilmour was the guest on White's 1994 album Highway to the Sun, appearing on the track "Love, Pain and Sorrow", with Gilmour playing his Digitech Whammy pedal-induced Fender Stratocaster, which was recorded at Gilmour's houseboat studio, The Astoria.

Apart from guest appearances by Chris Rea, David Gilmour and Gary Moore, the album also introduced two new Dutch-Indonesian musicians, Juan van Emmerloot (drums) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass and rhythm guitar). [1] Kuma Harada also played bass and rhythm guitar.

White's next album project was entitled Goldtop , named after his Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Standard guitar. It featured material in which White has been involved from 1974 until 1994, [1] including two tracks from Thin Lizzy, jams from the Peter Green In the Skies session, and the extended, 8-track tape version of the Pink Floyd song "Pigs on the Wing", featuring White's guitar bridge between the two parts.

White has recorded five albums with his White Flames band. The first three were No Faith Required in 1996, Little Wing in 1998 and Keep Out: We Are Toxic in 1999.

In 1999 White joined Waters for his band's In the Flesh US tour and in 2000, Waters again toured the US, this time recording a live album and making a film of the show. Again, from February to July 2002 White toured the world with Roger Waters.

Another White Flames album (as a three-piece), entitled Restless, was released in May 2002. Spring 2005 saw the release of a new White Flames album, entitled The Way It Is , with a basic four-piece outfit consisting of Richard Bailey (drums/percussion), Walter Latupeirissa (bass) and Max Middleton (keyboards). A DVD, The Way It Is...Live! was completed and issued.

White toured with Waters in The Dark Side of the Moon Live tour from June 2006, having played in Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and South America. He also performed with Waters at Live Earth.

White formed a new band in 2008 named the Snowy White Blues Project. In Our Time of Living was released in April 2009. The group featured Matt Taylor: guitar/vocals, Ruud Weber: bass/vocals, Juan van Emmerloot: drums, and Snowy White: guitar/vocals.

In 2010 White toured again with Roger Waters, in The Wall Live.

In 2016, White's "Midnight Blues" was sampled on rapper Meek Mill's track "Blue Notes". [3]

Due to health issues, he announced his retirement from playing live in 2019. In 2020, he released the album Something On Me.



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