Rick Wakeman

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Legal name: Richard Christopher Wakeman


Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player and composer best known for being the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also known for his solo albums, contributing to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men and for Rick's Place, his former radio show on Planet Rock that aired until December 2010.

Wakeman was born in West London. He purchased his first electronic keyboard at 12 years of age. In 1968, he studied the piano, clarinet, orchestration and modern music at the Royal College of Music before leaving after a year in favour of session music work. He went on to feature on songs by artists including Black Sabbath, David Bowie, T. Rex, Elton John and Cat Stevens. Wakeman joined the folk group Strawbs in 1969 and played on three of their albums. He first joined Yes in 1971 to replace Tony Kaye, and left the group in 1974 to work on his solo career. He returned in 1976 before leaving with lead vocalist Jon Anderson in 1980. Wakeman was part of the side project Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, a group of ex-Yes members formed in 1989, and the eight-member Yes line-up that followed until his third departure in 1992. He returned for two years in 1995 and once more in 2002, where he was part of the band's 35th anniversary tour until its end in 2004.

Wakeman began his solo career during his first run with Yes. His perhaps most known records being his first three, 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). He has produced over 100 solo albums that have sold more than 50 million copies. In November 2010, Wakeman was awarded the Spirit of Prog award at the annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

He is the father of keyboardists Adam Wakeman and Oliver Wakeman.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 Piano Vibrations Rick Wakeman 1
1973 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Rick Wakeman 5 5
1974 Journey to the Centre of the Earth Rick Wakeman 3 7
1975 The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Rick Wakeman 5
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 2
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 1
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
1990 Phantom Power 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 Fields of Green Rick Wakeman 1
1996 Tapestries Rick Wakeman & Adam Wakeman 1
1996 The New Gospels Rick Wakeman 1
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

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