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Born: April 9, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA.
Albert Hammond, Jr. is a musician and member of the indie rock band The Strokes. He plays lead and rhythm guitar.
The son of Gibraltarian musician Albert Hammond and Argentinian Mother Claudia, Albert Jr. was sent to the elite boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland at the age of 13. While there, he met Julian Casablancas, who would go on to be a fellow band member.
In 1998, Hammond met up with Casablancas in New York City and together they formed The Strokes with Casablancas's former schoolmates Nick Valensi, Nikolai Fraiture, and Fabrizio Moretti.
Hammond was once engaged to Catherine Pierce, one-half of the folk singing group The Pierces, but is currently single. His trademark is wearing formal three-piece suits, and has been said to be the most influential on the band's style. Albert is usually seen playing an 1970's Olympic White Fender Stratocaster with its bullet rod sticking out of the headstock just above the nut, or a Les Paul Jr. that is sometimes used by bandmate Nick Valensi. On the majority of The Strokes' songs he plays rhythm guitar, and solos are played by Valensi. The songs in which Hammond does play solos are "Last Nite," "Trying Your Luck," "Take It or Leave It," "Under Control," "The End Has No End," "Ize of the World," and "Vision of Division." His solos tend to focus largely on more emotional, "bluesy"-type melodical work, and the guitar tends to have a cleaner, softer tone in comparison to Valensi's (with a notable exception found in "Vision of Division"). He often holds his guitar in a high horizontal position, similar to Buddy Holly, which he says is so that he can dance better.