The youngest of five children, Spencer Sercombe was born August
2, 1959. By the age of only eight years old, he was playing
piano and violin. His older sisters were comparative virtuosos
on these instruments and he felt frustrated in their shadow.
At the age of 10, he discovered the guitar. His sisters taught
him a few chords, at which point he hid the guitar from them
and worked out the rest on his own. By the age of only 12, he
began playing in bands and hasn’t stopped yet.
After Spencer graduated from AHS in 1977, at age 20, he formed
the band Sharks with friend Richard Czerny-Black. Sharks released
several independent label albums during the 80’s. The
group’s name was changed to Shark Island and was signed
by Epic Records. Their first, and only, major label release,
Law of the Order, came out in 1989.
He has also played with a broad range of bands and artists
over the years including a ZZ Top tribute band named Fandango,
War, Sparks, Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Riverdogs and most
recently, the Bill Ward (of Black Sabbath fame) Band, although
he recently departed from this band. He has toured all over
the world and has his own signature line of Fender Guitars built
by Todd Krause.
On the personal side, Spencer is a vegetarian and still drives
the same car he did in high school! He says, “I’ve
been way up and way down, but all in all I’d say I’ve
been one lucky bastard.”