Albert Lee and Supro’s UK Invasion
by Peter Murray
The year was 1960, and a 16-year-old Albert Lee had left school to tour in the backup band for singers Dickie Pride and Sally Kelly—after playing guitar for only two years. He’d been sharing a Selmer Truvoice amp with the group’s bass player. “It’s easy to imagine how bad it sounded, but it was new to us and totally uncharted ground. I soon realised that one amp wasn’t making it—so with my money from the tour, I made a deposit on a Supro amp in Selmer’s music store in Charing Cross Road,”2 says Lee. Selmer was one of the largest and oldest music shops in London, having opened in 1937. It was there that many of the UK’s guitar heroes first tried out and bought much of their gear—among them, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page.