Scottish power pop band Pilot was formed in 1973 by David Paton (bass and vocals), Billy Lyall (synthesizer, flute, and vocals), and Stuart Tosh (drums).
Guitarist Ian Bairnson became a Pilot member after the recording of the first album. The album spawned a Top 20 hit with "Magic," but it was their 1975 single "January," from their second album ‘Second Flight’ that proved to be the biggest success of the group's entire career, rocketing to the number one spot. Further albums followed (1976's Morin Heights and 1977's Two's a Crowd), as did a few more moderate-sized hit singles ("Call Me Round," "Just a Smile") before Pilot folded. All members went on to form The Alan Parsons Project until Tosh left to join 10cc. David Paton and Ian Bairnson concentrated on studio work, playing on Kate Bush's 1978 debut, The Kick Inside. Lyall issued a solo album, Solo Casting (which featured his fellow Pilot bandmates), and later joined the group Dollar, before passing away in December of 1989 from an AIDS-related illness. David Paton and Bairnson continued as The Alan Parsons Project then returned in 2002 with Pilot’s Blue Yonder. Twelve years later, they brought Tosh back into the fold for A Pilot Project: A Return to the Alan Parsons Project -- a set of covers recorded in tribute to Alan Parsons' creative partner Eric Woolfson. ~