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Encyclopedia > Graham Oliver

A South Yorkshire guitarist. Played with heavy metal legends, Saxon in the period 1977-1995. After leaving the band he intially reformed his old band Son of a Bitch with former Saxon bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. SOAB released the largely ignored, but very good, album "Victim You" with singer Ted Bullet (see Thunderhead who I assume are on here somewhere!).

Ted Bullet left, and Pete Gill disappeared off somewhere after the release of the album. They were replaced by vocalist John Ward and another former member of Saxon, Nigel Durham on drums. Oliver and Dawson changed the name of the band to Oliver-Dawson Saxon, and continue to live up to the legacy of Saxon, playing smaller venues to appreciative crowds.

Oliver is an excellent guitarist, unfairly dismissed by the British music press (ie Kerrang!) in the 80s as Saxon somehow found themselves out of favour with what was then the heavy metal bible. His twin guitar attack with Paul Quinn on Saxon albums such as Strong Arm of The Law and Forever Free is top notch, and well worth hearing.

Oliver has also released a solo record, End Of An Era, which is worth checking out as a showcase.



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