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Francis Dunnery fronted the British progressive-rock group It Bites, releasing three LPs and several hits that made the British charts in the late '80s. He issued his first solo album Welcome to the Wild Country in 1991. During this period he also contributed to projects by former Yes-men Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, and lent his considerable guitar skills to former Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on his Fate of Nations tour. Dunnery's breakout effort for Atlantic Records, Fearless , put the top-40 songs "American Life in the Summertime" and "Homegrown" into heavy rotation on AOR and pop radio stations across the US. Francis followed with Tall Blonde Helicopter and the hit "Too Much Saturn." This album signaled a change in direction when compared to its slickly produced predecessor; it was unplugged, semi-acoustic and very much in the singer/songwriter tradition. Tall Blonde Helicopter was music straight from the heart, and it laid the foundation for much of Dunnery's subsequent work. Over the years, Francis has released over a dozen albums and collaborated with such luminaries as Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Carlos Santana and David Sancious. Along with touring and recording his own material, he is currently recording with Chris Squire and The Syn.
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