Ace was an English rock band that became famous during the mid 1970s. They are best known for the soulful soft rock classic, "How Long" (1975).
Formed in late 1972 in Sheffield and first known as Ace Flash & The Dynamos, the original lineup consisted of Terry "Tex" Comer (bass), Phil Harris (lead guitar, vocals), Alan "Bam" King (rhythm guitar, vocals), Steve Witherington (drums), and lead singer Paul Carrack (keyboards). Witherington was replaced by Fran Byrne in 1974, and Phil Harris by Jon Woodhead in 1976. By 1974, Ace had developed a loyal local following on the pub rock circuit when they signed with Anchor Records and released their debut album, "Five-A-Side," which reached #11 on the Billboard 200.
Ace debuted in early 1975 with the Carrack-penned "How Long," which reached #3 on both the Canadian and U.S. Pop/Rock charts and made the U.K. Top 20. This smash was followed by "Rock & Roll Runaway" (1975), the band's final charting song.
After Ace disbanded in 1977, Carrack went on to pursue a solo career and also played with Eric Clapton, Roxy Music, and Mike + The Mechanics. He later re-recorded "How Long," which became a U.K. Top 40 hit in 1996. More recently, the original Ace version resurfaced in 2020 as part of an ad for Amazon Prime and topped the Billboard Rock Digital Song Sales chart that year.
- For more info about Ace lead singer Paul Carrack and his latest projects, visit paulcarrack.net.
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- How Long 1975
(This song later also became a hit for Rod Stewart (1982).)
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