Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman BIOGRAPHY

Rick Wakeman

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1973-1980

"To play music, you have to understand it....You see, a piece of music, just because it was written three or four years ago, shouldn't die. Gone are the days when you hear a record for two months and then it just disappears. People are writing pieces of music to last."--Rick Wakeman (Rolling Stone)

All you can do is follow your heart. If someone was to list the ten biggest musician cliches, that would surely top the list, but it's still the truth. I believe very strongly in what I'm doing. It takes me over a year to write sometihg, prepare it and iron out the faults before I'll play it before a live audience. If I get booed off the stage, then I'll obviously deserve it, but at least I will have bombed on my own terms. To me, that's better than playing something that's a guaranteed success."--Rick Wakeman (Rolling Stone)

"I'm a great believer in that if you're going to do something you should do it properly....If you believe you can do it better or as good as someone else, then do it. If you can't, then don't bother."--Rick Wakeman (Rolling Stone)

Wakeman was signed to A&M Records because he was a member of the Strawbs. A&M allowed Wakeman to work with the band Yes provided he made solo albums for A&M.

Rick Wakeman invested $50,000 in the making of his album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

The 20-stop North American tour supporting both the Journey and Six Wives of Henry VIII included 118 people because he used the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of America.

SOURCES:
Journey to the Center of the Stage. Cameron Crowe. Rolling Stone, January 30, 1975.

Strawbs
Hudson-Ford
Rick Wakeman & Roger Daltrey
OFFICIAL WEB SITE: Rick Wakeman

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Rick Wakeman
   Born: May 18, 1949
   Instrument(s): keyboards, vocals
   See Strawbs, Hudson-Ford, Rick Wakeman & Roger Daltrey


Rick Wakeman PHOTOS

Rick Wakeman DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Rick Wakeman U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
Journey To the Center of EarthA&M Records75021 31561990
Journey to the Centre of EarthA&M RecordsSP 31560000
Journey to the Centre of the EarthA&M RecordsSP 36211974
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)A&M Records75021 32301990
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)A&M RecordsSP 32300000
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)A&M RecordsSP 45151975
No Earthly ConnectionA&M RecordsSP 45831976
Recollections: the Very Best of 1973-1979A&M Records60694907742000
RhapsodiesA&M RecordsSP 65011979
Rick Wakeman's Criminal RecordA&M RecordsSP 46601977
Rick Wakeman's Criminal RecordHip-O Select60249863152006
Six Wives of Henry VIIIA&M Records75021 32291990
Six Wives of Henry VIIIA&M RecordsSP 43611973
Six Wives of Henry VIII (the)A&M RecordsSP 32290000
White RockA&M RecordsSP 46141977

Rick Wakeman U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor/BattleA&M Records16351974
Anne/CatherineA&M Records14301973
Birdman of Alcatraz/And Now a Word From Our SponsorA&M Records20101977
Journey (the)/Return (the)A&M Records16271974
Merlin the Magician/Sir GalahadA&M Records17081975
Rick WakemanA&M RecordsSP 170951979
White Rock/After the BallA&M Records19371977

Rick Wakeman U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor/Battle19741635
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
Battle (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Anne/Catherine19731430
Anne
Catherine

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Birdman of Alcatraz/And Now a Word From Our Sponsor19772010
Birdman Of Alcatraz
And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Journey (the)/Return (the)19741627
Journey (the)
Return (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Journey To the Center of Earth199075021 3156
Journey (the)
Recollection
Battle (the)
Forest (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Journey to the Centre of Earth0SP 3156
Journey (the)
Recollection
Battle (the)
Forest (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Journey to the Centre of the Earth1974SP 3621
Journey (the)
Recollection
Battle (the)
Forest (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Merlin the Magician/Sir Galahad19751708
Merlin the Magician
Sir Galahad

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)199075021 3230
Arthur
Lady Of the Lake
Guinevere
Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
Merlin the Magician
Sir Galahad
Last Battle (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)1975SP 4515
Arthur
Lady Of the Lake
Guinevere
Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
Merlin the Magician
Sir Galahad
Last Battle (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)0SP 3230
Arthur
Lady Of the Lake
Guinevere
Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight
Merlin the Magician
Sir Galahad
Last Battle (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
No Earthly Connection1976SP 4583
Part I the Warning a.
Part I the Warning b.
Part II the Maker
Part III the Spaceman
Part IV the Realisation
Part V the Reaper
Prisoner
Lost Cycle

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Recollections: the Very Best of 1973-197920006069490774
Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn/Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended (the)
Catherine Howard
Journey (the)/Recollection
Battle (the)
Arthur
Merlin the Magician
Prisoner (the)
White Rock
After the Ball
Statue of Justice
Crime of Passion
Chamber of Horrors
Palais (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Rhapsodies1979SP 6501
Pedra de Gavea
Front Line
Bombay Duck
Animal Showdown
Big Ben
Rhapsody in Blue
Wooly Willy Tango
Pulse (the)
Swan Lager
March of the Gladiators
Flacons de Neige
Flasher (the)
Palais (the)
Stand By
Sea Horses
Half Holiday
Summertime

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Rick Wakeman1979SP 17095

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record1977SP 4660
Statue of Justice
Crime of Passion
Chamber of Horrors
Birdman of Alcatraz
Breathalyser
Judas Iscariot

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record20066024986315
Statue of Justice
Crime of Passion
Chamber of Horrors
Birdman of Alcatraz
Breathalyser (the)
Judas Iscariot

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Six Wives of Henry VIII1973SP 4361
Catherine Of Aragon
Anne Of Cleves
Catherine Howard
Jane Seymour
Anne Boleyn "the Day Thou Gavest..."
Catherine Parr

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Six Wives of Henry VIII199075021 3229
Catherine of Aragon
Anne of Cleves
Catherine Howard
Jane Seymour
Anne Boleyn (The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended"
Catherine Parr

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Six Wives of Henry VIII (the)0SP 3229
Love Potion #9
Spiritland
Honey Can I Put Your Clothes On
Sunshine After the Rain
Pearl's a Singer
Mojo Hannah
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
You Did Something for Me
Night Bird
Saved

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
White Rock1977SP 4614
White Rock
Searching For Gold
Loser (the)
Shoot (the)
Lax'x
After the Ball
Montezuma's Revenge
Ice Run

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
White Rock/After the Ball19771937
White Rock
After the Ball


Rick Wakeman MUSIC CHARTS

Rick Wakeman on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Journey to the Centre of the EarthSP 3621Billboard Pop3
Myths and Legends of King Arthur (the)SP 4515Billboard Pop21
No Earthly ConnectionSP 4583Billboard Pop67
RhapsodiesSP 6501Billboard Pop170
Rick Wakeman's Criminal RecordSP 4660Billboard Pop128
Six Wives of Henry VIIISP 4361Billboard Pop30
White RockSP 4614Billboard Pop126

No Singles or EPs made it to the charts.