Alain Whyte

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Name Alain Gordon Whyte
Born 3 July 1967
Hometown Camden, London, England
Years Active 1991-Present
Record Labels
Associated Acts Morrissey, Red Lightning, Johnny Panic,
Tiger Army, Madonna, Rhianna,
Chris Brown, The Black Eyed Peas, Setting Fires
Official Website Alain Whyte


Alain Whyte joined Morrissey's band in 1991 and was his main songwriter until 2009, penning over 80 songs during the span of their partnership and surpassing Johnny Marr as Morrissey's most prolific co-writer. Whyte co-wrote and/or performed on every Morrissey album from 1992's Your Arsenal to 2009's Years Of Refusal and also played lead guitar live with Morrissey from 1991 to 2004.

Over the years, Whyte has also performed with numerous other bands including his most recent project, Setting Fires. Other projects include Johnny Panic, The Motivators, Born Bad, The Memphis Sinners, The Memphis Flash, Crash Action, The Rugcutters, and Red Lightning.

Recently, Whyte has gone in a new direction writing for TV (Gossip Girl, Chuck, Without A Trace, Rescue Me), producing and writing for various projects.

Morrissey says of Alain via Autobiography:

"Alain Whyte is introduced to me as a street-sweeper from Camden, which may or may not be a joke – I never could tell. He looks a bit like ‘Kookie’ actor Edd Byrnes from 77 Sunset Strip, and he talks in a similarly bonkers 1950s backslang, which may or may not be a speech impediment. The jargon is baffling until he hits on something riotously funny – which, thankfully, is often. I like him. He is a skilfull style-guide and always looks spiffed up."

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English guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born 3 July 1967.

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Alain Gordon Whyte (pronounced Alan) (born 3 July 1967) is an English musician, songwriter, composer and singer. He was Morrissey's main songwriting partner and guitarist between 1991 and 2007.Prior to 1991, Whyte previously been in the bands Rugcutters, Red Lightning, Motivators, Born Bad and the Memphis Sinners. More recently, he has written for Madonna, Chris Brown, and the Black Eyed Peas, and others. He won an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) pop award in 2013 for his work as a songwriter on Chris Brown's hit single "Don't Wake Me Up".