Mark Andes

Born: February 19, 1948
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Mark Andes was originally the bassist in the Californian jazz-rock group Spirit, best known for songs like "I Got A Line on You" and "Nature's Way" and albums The Family That Plays Together (Ode, 1968), and The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic, 1970). Their best work is assembled on the CD Time Circle (Epic/Legacy, 1991). (Spirit's drummer Ed Cassidy was in the Rising Sons; after a wrist injury, he was replaced by future Byrd Kevin Kelley.)

In 1972, Andes and Spirit vocalist Jay Ferguson split to form Jo Jo Gunne, which explored more accessible power chord territory on four albums between 1972 and 1974. Andes later played with Michael Clarke and Rick Roberts in Firefall, while Jay Ferguson went solo for a late '70s career in pop music, highlighted by the 1977 single "Thunder Island."

He is currently playing with John Dee Graham in Austin, Texas. He's played with numerous bands there, including Eliza Gilkyson, Barbara K, and Plan B.

Thanks to Hal for this insightful bio.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Bass Guitar

Hard Rock Pop/Top40

Bands That Mark Andes Has Played For:
Heart (1982-1993) Spirit Jo Jo Gunne Canned Heat Whitesnake (1986)

Mark Andes Has Worked With:
Nancy Wilson Ann Wilson Howard Leese Denny Carmassi Michael Clarke Rick Roberts Jay Ferguson Kim Carnes Dan Fogelberg
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"When I get working, I don't see anything except the work. I forget people's names. Y'know, I was going out with some girl and she said, 'How come you haven't called me in two weeks?' And I said, Cos I forgot you exist'."

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