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The multi talented Lea Hart is known as an industrious figure on the British Rock scene having fulfilled roles as producer, singer, songwriter, manager and British music ambassador internationally. Hart (then known as 'Barry Hart') was originally involved with Psych-Pop Funk band SLOWBONE, an act that released a crop of 1974 singles, 'Tales Of A Crooked Man', on the Tamla Motown label and 'Oh Man' for Rare Earth plus the Kenny Laguna produced 'Can I Bring Your Love' for Polydor Records. Hart, along with band mates Jeff Peters and Paul Airey (brother of DON AIREY), then replaced original drummer Keith Shepherd with Rick Andreo to became members of ROLL UPS. This act actually folded, holding a "farewell" gig at The Bridge in July 1978, but then returned billed simply as LEA HART. They then reverted back to the ROLL UPS to release a single, 'Blackmail', on the Bridgehouse label in 1979 and an album entitled 'Low Dives For High Balls' the same year. 

Billed in a solo capacity, Lea Hart supported JUDAS PRIEST on their 1979 'Killing Machine' British tour with the group that boasted a line-up of SLOWBONE / ROLL UPS contingent of bassist Jeff Peters, drummer Rick Andreo and keyboard player Paul Airey. An album was recorded, but this was never released.

Hart also, anonymously, put out a single as THE SMALL ADS, working with his ex-LA ROX colleague drummer Kim Wylie, in April 1981. Hart's next move was to join former BAY CITY ROLLERS man Ian Mitchell in LA ROX, featuring on the single 'Can I Bring You Love', before decamping in 1982. Lea then formed the LEA HART BAND which evolved into YA YA. Hart featured on 1984's 'Scarred' album but would quit YA YA prior to their second album.

The man joined Fast Eddie Clarke's FASTWAY as vocalist, replacing Dave King, and released two albums with the band. Whilst a member of FASTWAY, Lea busied himself on promoting British bands in the former Soviet Union. Indeed, he also produced the London based FIRST STRIKE's demo in 1989 to boot. Further afield Hart would lend his vocal talents sessioning on Japanese act AIR PAVILION's 'Kaizoku' album.

Hart featured on many top name Rock albums as a backing vocalist or guitarist, including JOAN JETT's 'Bad Reputation', BAD COMPANY's 'Holy Water', GIANT's 'Last Of The Runaways' and FOREIGNER's 'Unusual Heat'. In 1988 Lea found himself in the formation of TRUE BRITS together with ex-IRON MAIDEN men guitarist Dennis Stratton and drummer Clive Burr for a Japanese released album. Hart also gained credits with GIANT, as backing singer on 1989's 'Last Of The Runaways', and BAD COMPANY, providing backing vocals on 1990's 'Holy Water' album.

Lea's 1991 issued solo album, 'Trapped', was released only in Japan. The album featured such notables as drummer Gary Ferguson, of the GARY MOORE band, THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham, SAXON's Nibbs Carter, Biff Byford and Nigel Glockler, ex-IRON MAIDEN men Dennis Stratton and PAUL DIANNO, Tino Troy of PRAYING MANTIS and PAUL SAMSON.

1994's 'Ready To Rumble' did get a European release and the album once more featured associates in Ferguson and Carter with guitarists Ray Callcut and erstwhile STREETFIGHTER and CANNES man Dave Senczak.

The versatile Hart showed his hand once more in 1997 producing and co-writing ex-GIRLSCHOOL vocalist JACKIE BODIMEAD's solo album 'Don't Believe In Love'.

The 90's has seen Hart turn into a one man tribute industry having overseen production of numerous homage albums for the likes of IRON MAIDEN, THIN LIZZY, ZZ TOP, UFO, NAZARETH and WHITESNAKE. Hart also acts as manager for PAUL DIANNO.

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