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|Birth name||Andrew Latimer|
|Born||17 May 1947|
|Origin||Guildford, Surrey, England|
|Genres||Progressive rock, Symphonic rock, Canterbury scene|
|Labels||MCA Records |
Latimer's guitar playing style is melodic, elegant and emotional. He is considered a magnificent composer, fine occasional lyricist and an emotionally effective singer by newspaper veteran Mark Challinor.[says who?] He and his band Camel have been overshadowed by the popular progressive rock bands of his period.[when?] He has been cited as a major influence by Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery.
Latimer's most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing Fender Stratocasters and other guitars. From the 1990s onward, he also played a Burny Super Grade, an 80s copy of the Gibson Les Paul Model. The amplifiers he uses range from Fender, Vox, and Marshall.
He established a music production named Camel Productions which released Camel's new albums: Dust And Dreams (1991), Harbour of Tears (1996), Rajaz (1999) and A Nod and a Wink (2002).
In May 2007, Susan Hoover, Andrew's wife, announced through the Camel Productions website and newsletter that Andrew Latimer had suffered from a progressive blood disorder polycythaemia vera since 1992, which had later progressed to myelofibrosis. This was part of the reason why Camel ceased extensive touring.
In late 2007, Andrew underwent a bone marrow transplant. As of September 2008, he was back home and finally recovering his strength, even considering the possibility of a smaller-scale tour in the future.
The latest news regarding Andrew Latimer comes via a blog from David Minasian, who has directed several Camel video productions over the years. Minasian released a new album, Random Acts of Beauty, in mid August 2010. Andrew Latimer's health has progressed to the point that he contributed guitar solos and vocals to the album's opening track Masquerade.
Here's "Lady Fantasy" by Camel, featuring an emotional performance by Andrew Latimer on guitar.