|> Huw Lloyd Langton|
|< Collaborator of V|
was born in London on 6th February 1952 and was raised in the Willesden Junction
His interest in playing the guitar came about when he saw a school band playing songs by The Shadows. A lady from his local fish and chip shop kindly gave him an old ukulele-banjo. He strung the ukulele-banjo with ordinary string and proceeded to use it to practice four string guitar chords on.
| He enjoyed
listening to B.B.C. radio transmissions with his father and his enthusiasm
for the guitar was boosted further when he heard Bert Weedon's radio show
and the odd Country and Western player.
Self taught, he went on to develop his own brilliant and distinctive style of playing.
After leaving school,
he eventually found a job which suited his musical interest - working
behind the counter of a music shop in the West End of London.
Huw then joined a band called Magill, which featured Pete Scott, John Clark and Rob Rawlinson. A percussionist friend, Lennox Laington, then arranged for Huw to join the calypso-rock band, Batti Mamselle, which featured Jimmy Chambers on vocals. This was followed by a stint in Leo Sayer's band.
Leo's bass player, then put Huw up for the job of guitarist in the supergroup
Widowmaker, which featured, at times, Steve
Ellis, Ariel Bender, Zoot Money, Paul Nichols, Bob Daisley and John
In 1979, he played on Steve Swindells' album, 'Fresh Blood' and then attempted to form a new band, Jawa, with Simon King and Nic Potter. When this failed, Huw ended up doing a session for Reg Laws, who was in the same stable as Hawkwind, and subsequently gigged with Reg's band, Kokomo. Soon after this, he accepted an invitation to rejoin Hawkwind and remained with them for the next ten years. He appeared on all of their output during this period and also wrote several songs for the band.
During those ten years, he also formed his own band, The Lloyd-Langton Group and they issued four albums; 'Outside The Law' (1984; featuring John Clark and Rob Rawlinson), 'Night Air' (1985; featuring John Clark and Kenny Wilson), 'Like An Arrow...' (1987; featuring Clark and Wilson) and 'Time, Space And LLG' (1988; featuring Clark, Wilson, Lee Saunders and Esther St. James). They also issued two singles; 'Wind Of Change' (1982) and 'Dreams That Fade Away' (1984).
Huw also appeared on Nic Potter's 'Mountain Music' and 'The Blue Zone'
albums and played on Robert
Calvert's Lord Of The Hornets single.
In 1995, Huw toured
Sweden with Ray Majors and secured a record deal with a Swedish label.
Huw was reunited with Hawkwind in August
1997 for a one off benefit concert to raise funds for the homeless.
A new version of the Lloyd-Langton Group was put together and they issued
the album 'On The Move' in 1998.