Born in Paddington, London on April 21, 1947, Alan Warner started playing the guitar at the age of 11.
Before that Alan originally wanted to play a trumpet, but had to settle for a toy accordion!
When his parents bought him a cheap Spanish guitar for Christmas, he soon realised while listening to the twangy sounds of Duane Eddy, Hank Marvin, The Ventures and others that this was what he wanted to do for a living.
After leaving school at 14, Alan played with several semi-professional bands at local gigs.
Before turning professional at 16, he lived in Ireland for a while, playing on the Dublin club circuit and touring the country.
While Alan was in Ireland he turned down an offer to join The Black Eagles with Phil Lynott, who later went on to form Thin Lizzy.
On his return to Britain, Alan carried on as a freelance guitarist, playing at various gigs and on recording sessions.
His first big break occurred when he went on tour backing Edwin Starr, The Toys and Arthur "The God Of Hellfire" Brown.
Then came The Foundations -- and the rest, as they say, is history.