George Khan -- also sometimes credited as Nisam Ahmed Khan -- is a multi-instrumentalist who has been part of the British music scene since the late '60s. He'd actually been active in music a lot longer, but didn't get his first credit on a recording until he was asked by his longtime friend, poet Pete Brown, into the lineup of what became the Battered Ornaments. Brown also credits Khan with steering him to a relatively unknown guitarist named Chris Spedding, who eventually also became the new leader and lead singer of the group in 1968. Khan was best known as a reed man, and he played saxophone on that first album, A Meal You Can Shake Hands with in the Dark, but for the reconstituted group's second album, he also sang and played the flute, and by the time he joined Solid Gold Cadillac, he was playing keyboards also, and he subsequently played with Brown and his new group, Piblokto, on My Last Band. He also recorded with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Robert Wyatt. Khan was most busy on recordings during the 1970s.
George Khan Biography
by Bruce Eder