James Somers was born in Blackpool, on December 31, 1942. His
father was a restaurant administrator and he had four sons: Tony,
Richard and Monica, besides, of course, Andy.
Andy spent his infancy
in Bournemouth and he showed soon his fondness for the guitar.
He specialized in guitar at school, and he began to play in the
hotels till, at the age of 17, he was noted by Zoot Money. After
his entering on "The Zoot Moneys Big Roll Band",
Andy played around the U.K. and with that band he earned many
approbation, mostly on the Mods places.
In 1967 the Big Roll
Band changed its name and style to fit itself at the growing Hippys
movement: It happened like this that "The Dantalions
Chariot" were born. However, the band doesnt received
many appreciations, just for the unexpected changes.
In this period Andy
had a car accident that convalesced him and compelled him to leave
the Dantalions Chariot project. When He recovered his health,
played with Eric Burdon & The New Animals, which activity
took place prevalently in the States, where Andy had been living
there for six years after the band dissolution.
It was just in California
that he improved technique by studying the classical guitar and
that he married Robin Lane, Neil Youngs chorus-singer. But
their marriage didnt last long time, and so they divorced:
That matter took Andy to pass through a deep crisis that he got
over just after in the long run. After collected himself, he married
Kate, which came back with him in England where, helped by a friend,
he was included again in the musical turn-over, playing with Neil
Sedaka, with the "Rocky Horror Picture Shows Band",
with David Essex and with the "Kevin Coyne Band", where
the old friend Zoot Money will join later.
In the meanwhile,
Andy changed his surname in Summers.
In 1976, John Lord
invited him in Munich to record an album in a rock quintet along
with an Hungarian orchestra. It was just in Munich that Andy met
Eberhard Schoener, that will collaborate with him in the following
years. Still in 1976, Andy played with Kevin Ayers and, there
in Newcastle, he met Stewart Copeland, which proposal to join
The Police came, however, just one year later (May 1977), during
"The Gong reunion project", in Paris, where Andy and
Stewart will take part along with Sting.