Rick Wakeman

Biography

Rick Wakeman

The multi-talented Rick Wakeman is best known as the keyboard player in prog rock band Yes which has spanned over four decades

  • Wakeman learnt piano from the age of five and after purchasing his first electronic keyboard at 12 years old he went on to study piano, clarinet, orchestration and modern music at the Royal College of Music but left to focus on session work.
  • During his career he has written music and worked with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, T-Rex, Elton John and Cat Stevens.
  • Alongside his work with Yes he has had a very successful solo career producing over 100 solo albums and selling more than 50 million copies.
  • His most well-known solo albums have memorable titles in the form of 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
  • You may also know Wakemen from his tall tales and mockery in Grumpy Old Men as he is a regular contributor to the programme as well as Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
  • He was awarded the Spirit of Prog award in 2010 at the annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

Did you know?
Rick is a passionate football fan supporting Brentford FC from childhood and he even joined the board of the club.

Rick Wakeman - Jane Seymour

News

Alfie Boe The Classic FM Podcast - 01 July 2011

The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Anne-Marie hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Alfie Boe.