Rick Wakeman Biography (Wikipedia)
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 (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 formed his rock band, The English Rock Ensemble, in 1974 which he continues to perform with.
- Rick Wakeman chats to Radcliffe and Maconiehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p031d1b5.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p031d1b5.jpg2015-09-02T14:02:00.000ZRick Wakeman of Yes-fame chats to Radcliffe and Maconie about this year's Prog Awards.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p031d1pq
Rick Wakeman chats to Radcliffe and Maconie
- Joe Cocker 1944-2014: Rick Wakeman pays tributehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqv2w.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqv2w.jpg2014-12-23T09:20:00.000ZRick Wakeman shares his memories of Joe Cocker with Simon Mayo on Drivetime.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02ft9dd
Joe Cocker 1944-2014: Rick Wakeman pays tribute
- Rick Wakeman talks Prog with Radcliffe and Maconiehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p026yv0c.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p026yv0c.jpg2014-09-19T11:45:00.000ZRick Wakeman joins Mark and Stuart to revel in the joys of Prog Rock.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p026yv0d
Rick Wakeman talks Prog with Radcliffe and Maconie
- Rick Wakeman's piano nursery rhymeshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01q3vpw.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01q3vpw.jpg2014-01-17T12:34:00.000Zkeyboard tinkler Rick Wakeman gives an amazing twist to some classic nursery rhymes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01q3vtw
Rick Wakeman's piano nursery rhymes
- Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman tinkles on the Big Show ivorieshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p018tk7l.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p018tk7l.jpg2013-05-10T14:45:00.000ZRick Wakeman tinkles on the Big Show ivories as he shows off his incredible prowess on the keyboard.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p018tk8j
Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman tinkles on the Big Show ivories
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