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, author, and actor. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s.

Born and raised in West London, Wakeman intended to be a concert pianist but quit his studies at the Royal College of Music in 1969 to become a full time session musician. His early sessions included playing on "Space Oddity", among others, for David Bowie and songs by Junior's Eyes, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. Wakeman became a member of Strawbs in 1970 before joining Yes a year later, becoming part of the band's "classic" line-up and playing on some of their most successful and influential albums across two stints until 1980. Wakeman began a solo career during this time, in 1973; his most successful albums are his first three: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He formed his rock band, The English Rock Ensemble, in 1974 which he continues to perform with.

Wakeman pursued solo projects throughout the 1980s that varied in levels of success; his most successful album was 1984, released in 1981, which was followed by his minor pop hit single, "Glory Boys", from Silent Nights, in 1985. He hosted the television show Gastank, and produced the first of many New-age and ambient albums. In 1988, he co-formed Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe which led to his third Yes stint until 1992. He returned twice more between 1995 and 2004, during which he completed several more solo projects and tours, including venturing into Christian music. Wakeman continues to perform concerts worldwide in various capacities.

Wakeman's discography includes over 90 solo albums that range from several musical styles. He has made many television and radio appearances; in recent years he became known for his contributions to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men and his radio show on Planet Rock that aired from 2005 to 2010. Wakeman has written three books; an autobiography and two memoirs.

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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 5 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
1995 Visions 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
1999 The Family Album Rick Wakeman 1
1999 The Natural World Trilogy Rick Wakeman 1
2000 Preludes to a Century Rick Wakeman 1
2000 Chronicle of Man Rick Wakeman 1
2000 Morning Has Broken Rick Wakeman 1
2000 Stella Bianca Alla Corte Di Re Ferdinando Rick Wakeman & Mario Fasciano 2
2001 The Piano Tour Live Rick Wakeman 1
2001 The Piano Album Rick Wakeman 1
2001 Two Sides of Yes Rick Wakeman 1
2002 Two Sides of Yes, Volume II (Volume II) Rick Wakeman 1
2002 Hummingbird Wakeman & Cousins 1
2002 Out of the Blue Rick Wakeman 1
2002 The Yes Piano Variations Rick Wakeman 1
2004 Revisited Rick Wakeman 1
2005 Out There Rick Wakeman & The New English Rock Ensemble 2
2006 Retro Rick Wakeman 1
2006 Christmas Variations Rick Wakeman 1
2007 Songs of Yes Rick Wakeman 1
2007 Retro 2 Rick Wakeman 1
2009 From Brush & Stone Gordon Giltrap & Rick Wakeman 1
2010 Always With You Rick Wakeman 1
2010 Past, Present and Future Rick Wakeman 1
2010 The Living Tree Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman 1
2012 Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2012 re-recording) Rick Wakeman 2
6 Wives of Henry VIII / Silent Nights Rick Wakeman 1
Journey to the Centre of the Earth Plus Rick Wakeman 1
Lisztomania / 1984 Rick Wakeman 1
The Real Lisztomania Rick Wakeman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Classic Tracks Rick Wakeman 3
1994 Lure of the Wild Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1996 Voyage: The Very Best Of Rick Wakeman 1
1996 Greatest Hits Rick Wakeman 1
1998 The Best of Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman 1
1999 The Masters Rick Wakeman 1
2000 Recollections: The Very Best of Rick Wakeman (1973 - 1979) Rick Wakeman 1
2000 The Caped Collection Rick Wakeman 1
2001 Frost In Space Rick Wakeman 1
2001 Landscapes of Middle Earth Rick Wakeman 1
2001 The Definitive Music of Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman 1
2002 Songs of Middle Earth: Inspired by The Lord of the Rings Rick Wakeman 1
No Earthly Connection / Cost of Living Rick Wakeman 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Journey to the Centre of the Earth Rick Wakeman 3 10
1985 Live at Hammersmith Rick Wakeman 2
1994 Wakeman With Wakeman: The Official Bootleg Rick Wakeman 1
1995 Almost Live in Europe Rick Wakeman 1
1999 Official Live Bootleg: Live in Buenos Aires Rick Wakeman 1
2000 The Legend Live In Concert Rick Wakeman 1
2001 Out of the Blue Rick Wakeman 1
2001 Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Live in Concert Rick Wakeman 1

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