|Birth name||Alan Edward Waller|
|Also known as||Wally Allen, Asa Jones|
|Born||9 April 1944|
|Genres||Rhythm and blues, rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, vocals|
|Associated acts||Bern Elliott and the Fenmen, Pretty Things|
In the early 1960s, Wally Waller played the rhythm guitar in Bern Elliott and the Fenmen, a five-piece beat and rhythm and blues band. They had a Top 20 hit with their cover of "Money (That's What I Want)" in December 1963. When lead singer Bern Elliott left the band, early in 1964, the other four continued as The Fenmen, releasing a few singles with strong vocal harmonies, such as their cover of "California Dreamin'" in 1966. Their last single, "Rejected", featured one of the first songs penned by Waller as an A-side.
In the early months of 1967, Wally Waller joined Pretty Things as a bass player, replacing John Stax. At the same time, Jon Povey, the Fenmen's drummer, became the Pretty Things' keyboardist. Waller was a childhood friend of lead singer Phil May, and they started writing songs together for the Things' third studio album, Emotions, released in 1967. Their musical partnership continued on the next two albums, the rock opera S.F. Sorrow (1968) and its follow-up Parachute (1970), the latter being entirely written by May and Waller.
Wally Waller left the Pretty Things in 1971 to take up a job as producer for EMI at the invitation of Norman Smith. As a producer, he worked for Barclay James Harvest and Marcus Hook Roll Band, among others. He also produced the Pretty Things' Freeway Madness under the alias "Asa Jones", since the Things were then signed on Warner Bros. He contributed the song "Over the Moon" to the album and sang lead, also singing backing vocals on several other songs. He joined again the Pretty Things from 1978 to 1981 and from 1994 to 2008.
With Pretty Things
- Emotions (1967)
- Electric Banana (Library album by Pretty Things) (1967)
- More Electric Banana (Library album by Pretty Things) (1968)
- S.F. Sorrow (1968)
- Even More Electric Banana (Library album by Pretty Things) (1969)
- Philippe DeBarge (Pretty Things and Philippe Debarge - reissued as Rock St. Trop) (1969)
- Parachute (1970)
- Hot Licks (Library album by Pretty Things) (1973)
- Live 1978 (1978)
- Cross Talk (1980)
- On Air (1982)
- ... Rage Before Beauty (1999)
- Balboa Island (2007)
- Resurrection (1998)
- BBC Sessions (2003)
- 40th Anniversary - Live in Brighton (2006)
- Live at Rockpalast (2014)
- Bouquets From a Cloudy Sky (2014)
- Live at the BBC (2015)
- Barclay James Harvest, Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories (1971)
- Marcus Hook Roll Band, Tales of Old Grand Daddy (1973)
- John Lees, A Major Fancy (1977)
- Twink, Think Pink (1970)
- Il Barritz (Several Pretty Things with Philippe DeBarge) (1975)
- Phil May & the Fallen Angels, Phil May & the Fallen Angels (1978)
- The Return of the Electric Banana (Library album by Phil May & the Fallen Angels) (1978)
- Do It (Library album by the Wally Waller Band) (1978)
- I Don't Feel Well (Library album by the Charlie Flake Band) (1981)
- The Fenmen, Sunstroke (2010)
- xPTs, Parachute Reborn (2012)
- "Wally Waller". xpts.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- Unterberger, Richie. "Bern Elliot". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- Waller, Wally (1988). "Wally Waller interview". Ugly Things (Interview) (8). Interviewed by Mike Stax.
- "Q&A: Wally Waller Reflects on Malcolm and Angus Young's pre-AC/DC outfit, the Marcus Hook Roll Band". rhino.com. Retrieved 11 January 2017.