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John "Magnet" Ward

John "Magnet" Ward, Jan. 16, 1975
John "Magnet" Ward, Feb. 13, 1975

Stage Crew (1972-77)

John "Magnet" Ward was an old friend of Robert's from the Midlands. He worked at Jennings Farm for a while and then started going out on the road with the band.

A notorious prankster and joker, the hugely popular Magnet was apparently named for his ability to attract women. He went on to work with Deep Purple, and was immortalised in their song "Highball Shooter" on the "Stormbringer " album in the lines "A Magnet brought you to me, told me your name was Jo, He said you liked my music and you really dug the show."

He was tour manager for Whitesnake for some of their earlier tours, the last one being the 1981 "Come And Get It" tour.

Robert brought him in to tour manage alongside Rex King on his first solo tours of the US, UK, Far East and Australia. After this he left the music business, and settled down with his wife and kids. He remains good friends with Robert and his family.

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