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Rick Wakeman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Richard Christopher Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is an English keyboard player, composer and songwriter 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. Born in west London, Wakeman 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 Ozzy Osbourne, 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 lineup 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Rick Wakeman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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May 18, 1949 In Perivale, London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Yessongs 1975-03-10
Latest Project:
Movie Rick Wakeman - The legend Live in Concert 2022
Known For
Poster of The One Show
Poster of Grumpy Old Men
Poster of Crimes of Passion
Poster of An Audience with...
Movie Yes - 35th Ann. Tour - The New Directors Cut Unknown 2022
Movie Rick Wakeman - The legend Live in Concert Unknown 2022
Movie David Bowie: London Boy 2021-01-10
Movie Rick Wakeman - Live Portraits Unknown 2019-01-08
Movie Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman: Live At The Apollo Himself 2018-09-07
Movie Yes - Live at The Apollo Unknown 2018-09-07
Movie Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Himself 2017-05-09
Movie Celebrating Jon Lord: Deep Purple and Friends 2014-09-01
Movie Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman 2014-10-14
Movie Celebrating Jon Lord - At the Royal Albert Hall Himself 2014-09-26
Movie The Sunflower Superjam 2012 himself 2013-08-20
Movie The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Live at Hampton Court Palace Unknown 2009-10-13
Movie Prog Rock Britannia Himself 2009-01-02
Movie Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII Himself 2009-10-05
Movie Yes: The New Director's Cut Unknown 2008-08-01
Movie Yes: Live At Montreux 2003 Claviers 2007-03-27
Movie Yes: Classic Artists Himself 2007-06-18
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Yes: Songs From Tsongas - 35th Anniversary Concert Himself 2005-01-01
Movie Yes: Greatest Video Hits Unknown 2005-06-12
Movie Rick Wakeman: Out There Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie Eco Rock Festival 2004-09-20
Series Grumpy Old Men Himself 2003-10-10
Movie Yes: Yesspeak Unknown 2003-11-24
Series Celebrity Mastermind Unknown 2003-12-26
Series Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-21
Movie YES: Fragile Keyboards 2002-12-02
Movie Roger Dean: Views Unknown 2001-09-15
Movie Rick Wakeman: Live From Buenos Aires Unknown 2001-02-03
Movie Rick Wakeman: Live in Concert Keyboard 2000-06-01
Series Live at Jongleurs Unknown 1997-06-18
Movie Yes: Keys To Ascension Keyboards 1996-01-01
Series The Alphabet Game Unknown 1996-08-05
Movie Jimmy Tarbuck - An Audience With Jimmy Tarbuck 1994-10-22
Movie Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus Himself - Keyboard 1993-10-12
Movie Rick Wakeman: The Classical Connection Unknown 1991-09-07
Movie YesYears Unknown 1991-08-06
Movie Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe In The Big Dream Unknown 1989-12-04
Movie Crimes of Passion Wedding Photographer (uncredited) 1984-10-19
Series Countdown Unknown 1982-11-02
Movie Yes: Live In Philadelphia 1979 Unknown 1979-06-21
Series An Audience with... Himself 1978-01-08
Movie Yessongs Himself - Keyboards 1975-03-10
Movie Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Keyboard 1975-04-24
Movie Lisztomania Thor 1975-10-10