Neil Murray

Bass + Songwriter + Composer
Born Aug 27, 1950

Philip Neil Murray is a Scottish bass player, best known for his work in Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

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1950 Birth Born on August 27, 1950.


1967 16 Years Old Originally a drummer, who started playing bass in 1967, Murray formed his first band with school friends in 1967 (Slap Happy and the Dum-Dums) and his musical tastes were heavily influenced by the mid-1960s 'blues boom' bands and musicians, especially Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, and later by Motown legend James Jamerson and Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice. … Read More


1974 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Neil spent early 1974 supporting the album he recorded with them, Magic Dragon.
1976 - 1977 2 More Events
1978 27 Years Old From 1978 until late 1986, Murray helped make Whitesnake one of the most popular bands in Europe and Japan and later America. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He did numerous tours in the UK, Europe, Japan and played at Reading Festival in 1979 and 1980 and the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in 1981. … Read More


1984 33 Years Old 1984 was occupied with touring, headlining in the UK and Europe; however Mel Galley semi-permanently injured his arm resulting in him having to leave the band and John Sykes taking care of all guitar duties on the road after a couple of months. … Read More
…  A year after recording the backing tracks for 1987, with work proceeding at a very slow and expensive pace on the album, Murray took the opportunity to redo some of the bass parts, but disagreements over leadership led to John Sykes quitting the band 16 months after recording had begun.
1988 37 Years Old He also lived in Tokyo for a few months in 1988. … Read More
1989 38 Years Old By 1989, with Geezer Butler's refusal to join the latest Black Sabbath line-up, Murray was asked by Cozy Powell to try out. … Read More
1990 39 Years Old Murray stayed with the band until late 1990, recording the Tyr album and once again touring. … Read More


1991 - 1994 3 More Events
1996 45 Years Old 1996 and 1997 saw Murray and Powell helping to kickstart the return of the legendary Peter Green (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) in his Splinter Group. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old In 1998, Brian May released his third solo album, Another World, which Murray and Powell had once again played on, but Powell's death meant a tour with Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Black Sabbath) instead. 1998 also saw the posthumous release of Cozy Powell's "Especially For You" featuring vocal phenom John West (Royal Hunt, Artension, Badlands, Lynch Mob, Ten Man Push), and Michael Casswell (Brian May Band), and Lonnie Park (John West, Wrathchild America, Ten Man Push).
1999 48 Years Old In 1999, Murray started working again with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, who had been working with Norwegian Whitesnake tribute band The Snakes. … Read More


2007 56 Years Old …  He also performed at 2007's 'Classics in Rock' concert in Rotterdam and the first London Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.
2008 57 Years Old Murray played on the Michael Schenker Group album In the Midst of Beauty, which was released on 11 May 2008.
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