Today is the birthday of Rick Wakeman, keyboardist for Yes. Wakeman
in Perivale, London on this day in 1949. A former student of the Royal
College of Music, he went on to construct some of the most
successful fusions of classical and rock music in the '70s. After
work and spells with the Strawbs and Yes, he launched a series of
solo works in 1973 with The Six Wives Of Henry VIII , inspired by
BBC television series. Journey To The Center Of The Earth ,
1974, involved keyboards, orchestra and narration by David Hemmings of
Jules Verne story. Even more grandiose was Myths And Legends Of
Arthur in 1975, which premiered on ice at Wembley Pool. That same
Wakeman also wrote the score for Ken Russell's Lisztomania. The
last we heard of Wakeman's doings was in 1991, when he teamed up with
his old Yes cohorts, and recorded an album titled Union.
also the birthday
of Wreckless Eric, as well as George Alexander, the exceptional bass player
in that legendary cult rock & roll outfit, the Flaming Groovies.