Rick Wakeman

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Legal name: Richard Christopher Wakeman


Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes and his solo albums from the 1970s. In more recent years, he became known for his contributions to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men, and his radio show on Planet Rock named Rick's Place, which aired from 2005 to 2010.

Wakeman left the Royal College of Music in 1969 to become a full-time session musician, when he played on songs by David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John, Cat Stevens, and Black Sabbath. In 1970, he joined the Strawbs for three albums before joining Yes for two runs from 1971 to 1980, playing on their successful albums Fragile (1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Going for the One (1977), and Tormato (1978). In 1988, Wakeman co-formed Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, which led to his return to Yes from 1990 to 1992; he returned twice after that, from 1995 to 1997 and 2002 to 2004.

Wakeman began his career as a solo artist in 1973. His first three albums are his most successful and well known: The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974), and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975). Wakeman has released over 100 solo albums that have sold 50 million copies worldwide, ranging from pop, solo piano, film scores, Christian, ambient, and New-age music. He has made many television and radio appearances throughout his career, and has written three books: an autobiography and two memoirs. He is the father of keyboardists Adam Wakeman and Oliver Wakeman.

  1. ^ I am Ozzy. Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres. Grand Central Publishing/Hatchet Book Group. 2009. Pages 160-162. ISBN 978-0-446-56989-7. Wakeman plays on the song "Sabbra Cadabra" on the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW: Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Picture Show". Worthing Herald. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Piano Vibrations Rick Wakeman 1
1973 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Rick Wakeman 5 8
1975 The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Rick Wakeman 6
1976 No Earthly Connection Rick Wakeman 6
1977 Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record Rick Wakeman 4
1977 White Rock Rick Wakeman 2
1979 Rhapsodies Rick Wakeman 3
1981 1984 Rick Wakeman 6
1982 Rock 'n' Roll Prophet Rick Wakeman 2
1983 Cost of Living Rick Wakeman 1
1985 Beyond the Planets Jeff Wayne · Rick Wakeman · Kevin Peek 1
1985 Silent Nights Rick Wakeman 1
1986 Country Airs Rick Wakeman 3
1987 The Gospels Rick Wakeman 2
1988 A Suite of Gods Rick Wakeman 2
1988 Time Machine Rick Wakeman 2
1988 Zodiaque Rick Wakeman & Tony Fernandez 2
1989 Black Knights at the Court of Ferdinand IV Rick Wakeman & Mario Fasciano 1
1989 Sea Airs Rick Wakeman 1
1990 Aspirant Sunrise Rick Wakeman 2
1990 Aspirant Sunset Rick Wakeman 2
1990 In the Beginning Rick Wakeman 1
1990 Night Airs Rick Wakeman 1
1991 2000 A.D. Into the Future Rick Wakeman 1
1991 African Bach Rick Wakeman 1
1991 Aspirant Sunshadows Rick Wakeman 2
1991 Softsword: King John and the Magna Charter Rick Wakeman 1
1991 The Classical Connection Rick Wakeman 3
1991 The Classical Connection 2 Rick Wakeman 2
1993 Heritage Suite Rick Wakeman 1
1993 No Expense Spared Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1993 Prayers Rick Wakeman 1
1993 Wakeman With Wakeman Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1994 Romance of the Victorian Age Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1995 Cirque Surreal Rick Wakeman 1
1995 The Private Collection Rick Wakeman 1
1995 The Seven Wonders of the World Rick Wakeman 1
1996 Can You Hear Me? Rick Wakeman 2
1996 Fields of Green Rick Wakeman 1
1996 Orisons Rick Wakeman 2
1996 Tapestries Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1996 The New Gospels Rick Wakeman 1
1996 The Word and Music Rick Wakeman 2
1996 Vignettes Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1996 Visions of Paradise Rick Wakeman 1
1997 Tribute to The Beatles Rick Wakeman 1
1998 Themes Rick Wakeman 1
1999 Return to the Centre of the Earth Rick Wakeman 1
1999 White Rock II Rick Wakeman 1
1999 Art in Music Trilogy Rick Wakeman 1

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