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Richard Thompson (VII)

Talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist co-founded the British folk-rock group Fairport Convention in 1967. He left the group in 1971 to perform and record solo and then with his wife, Linda Thompson, with whom he made the legendary albums I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) and Shoot out the Lights (1982). After the couple divorced,... See full bio »

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  Conan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2015) (writer - 1 episode, 2015)
- Elijah Wood/John Fogerty/Richard Thompson (2015) ... (performer: "All Buttoned Up") / (writer: "All Buttoned Up")
 2014 True Detective (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- After You've Gone (2014) ... (performer: "Did She Jump or Was She Pushed" - uncredited)
 2014 Gold (performer: "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight") / (writer: "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight")
 2013 Timeshift (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- When Coal Was King (2013) ... (performer: "The Blackleg Miner")
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Episode #20.102 (2013) ... (performer: "Good Things Happen to Bad People")
- Episode #18.83 (2011) ... (writer: "House of Cards" - uncredited)
 2012 Fairport Convention, Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (TV Movie) (arranger: "She Moved Through the Fair", "A Sailor's Life") / (writer: "Walk a While", "If (Stomp)", "Reno, Nevada", "Meet on the Ledge", "Farewell, Farewell", "Crazy Man Michael")
 2012 Looper (performer: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight") / (writer: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight")
 2012 Smashed (lyrics: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight") / (music: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight") / (performer: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight")
  Enlightened (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- The Weekend (2011) ... (performer: "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" - uncredited) / (writer: "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight" - uncredited)
 2010 House (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Knight Fall (2010) ... (performer: "Just the Motion" - uncredited)
 2008 Numb3rs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Thirty-Six Hours (2008) ... (performer: "Dead Man's Handle" - uncredited)
 2008 Gigantic (performer: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight") / (writer: "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight")
 2006 1000 Years of Popular Music (Video) (performer: "Sumer Is Icumen In" (1259), "King Henry" (15th c.), "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo" (17th c.), "Bonnie St. Johnstone" (16th c.), "O Sleep Fond Fancy" (1590), "Remember O Thou Man" (1700s), "Shenandoah" (early 1800s), "Blackleg Miner", "I Live in Trafalgar Square" 1902 - 1940, 1932, 1950, 1947, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1981, 2000, 1953, 2004, 1830s, , "Java Jive", "Night and Day", "Orange Colored Sky", "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", "A-11", "See My Friends", "Friday on My Mind", "Tempted", "Oops! I Did It Again", "Cry Me a River", "1985", "Sam Hall"))
 2006 Driving Lessons (performer: "One Door Opens") / (writer: "One Door Opens")
  Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes, 2003) (writer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2003)
- Pandora's Trunk: Part 2 (2003) ... (performer: "Season Of The Witch" - uncredited)
- Pandora's Trunk: Part 1 (2003) ... (performer: "Season Of The Witch" - uncredited)
- Ockham's Razor (2003) ... (performer: "Shoot Out The Lights" - uncredited) / (writer: "Shoot Out The Lights" - uncredited)
- Someone to Count On (2002) ... (writer: "Walking On A Wire" - uncredited)
 2002 Being April (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Jealousy (2002) ... (writer: "I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight")
 2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (performer: "Dimming of the Day" (1975)) / (writer: "Dimming of the Day" (1975))
 1999 A Room for Romeo Brass (arranger: "Matty Groves")
 1999 Limbo (writer: "Dimming of the Day")
 1996 Unhook the Stars (performer: "Reckless Kind") / (writer: "Reckless Kind")
 1991 Sweet Talker (performer: "Put Your Trust in Me", "To Hang a Dream On", "Boomtown") / (writer: "Put Your Trust in Me", "To Hang a Dream On", "Boomtown")
 1984 DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues (Video) (performer: "Two Left Feet")
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I don't play white blues or white soul music. I'm not Eric Clapton; I'm not Sting.


He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to music. See more »

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