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Rick Wakeman


Rick Wakeman's work on the classic albums of the progressive rock band Yes, his hugely successful solo albums, as well as his contributions to classic David Bowie songs, has earned him a reputation as one of rock's greatest ever keyboardists. Wakeman was educated at Drayton Manor County Grammar School. Classically trained on the piano, he later ... See full bio »
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Crimes of Passion
(1984)
She
She Composer
(1984)
Final Dilemma.
Final Dilemma. Composer

Filmography

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 2018 Antiques Road Trip (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.2 (2018) ... (performer: "Harbour Lights" - uncredited)
 2015 Like It Is : Yes at Mesa Arts Centre (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "Cans and Brahms")
 2009 Rick Wakeman: The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Live at Hampton Court Palace 2009 (Video) (writer: "Henry's Fanfare", "Tudorture '1485'", "Catherine of Aragon", "Catherine Howard", "Jane's Prelude", "Jane Seymour", "Defender of the Faith", "Catherine Parr", "Anne of Cleves", "Anne Boleyn", "Tudorock")
 2008 Grumpy Old Picture Show (Video) (arranger: "See A Monkey On A Stick", "Eleanor Rigby", "Amazing Grace", "Starship Trooper") / (writer: "The Jig", "Sea Horses", "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Judas Iscariot", "Always With Me", "An Angel Spoke To Me", "Tigger The Bounce", "Counter Attack", "Merlin The Magician", "Catherine Of Aragon / Catherine Howard / Anne Boleyn / The Day Thou Gavest Lord")
 2008 CIRCA: Live (Video) (writer: "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)", "Arriving UFO", "Mind Drive")
 2007 The Other Side of Rick Wakeman (Video documentary) (performer: "See A Monkey On A Stick", "A Glimpse Of Heaven", "The Henry Suite", "Life On Mars", "Morning Has Broken", "And You And I", "Gone But Not Forgotten", "Wonderous Stories", "The Meeting", "After The Ball", "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Guinevere/ Merlin The Magician", "Help/ Eleanor Rigby", "Children Of Chernobyl" (Audio only)) / (writer: "The Henry Suite", "Gone But Not Forgotten", "The Meeting", "After The Ball", "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Guinevere/ Merlin The Magician", "Children Of Chernobyl" (Audio only))
 2007 Classic Artists: Yes (Video documentary) (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)", "Mind Drive")
 2007/I Amazing Grace (Video) (performer: "Amazing Grace (Piano)", "There Is A Green Hill Far Away", "Glad That I Live Am I", "Nearer, My God, To Thee", "All Things Bright And Beautiful", "Jerusalem", "When We Walk With The Lord (Trust And Obey)", "All People That On Earth Do Dwell", "I Vow To Thee, My Country", "When I Survey The Wond'rous Cross", "Morning Has Broken", "Abide With Me", "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended", "Ode To Joy", "Amazing Grace")
 2007 Yes: Live at Montreux 2003 (Video) (performer: "Show Me", "Catherine Of Aragon/ Anne Boleyn/ Jane Seymour") / (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "South Side Of The Sky", "Catherine Of Aragon/ Anne Boleyn/ Jane Seymour", "Heart Of The Sunrise")
 2006 Rick Wakeman: Made in Cuba (Video documentary) (performer: "Jane Seymour") / (writer: "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth", "The Realisation/ The Spaceman", "The Visit/ Return Of The Phantom", "Jane Seymour", "King Arthur Medley", "Cathedral Of The Sky", "Merlin The Magician")
  Soundstage (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Yes: The 35th Anniversary (2005) ... (performer: "The Meeting" (Acoustic)) / (writer: "The Meeting" (Acoustic))
 2005 Songs from Tsongas: Yes 35th Anniversary Concert (Video documentary) (performer: "The Meeting Room", "The Meeting" (Acoustic)) / (writer: "Mind Drive (Parts 1 & 2)", "South Side Of The Sky", "My Eyes", "Mind Drive (Part 3)", "The Meeting Room", "The Meeting" (Acoustic), "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)")
 2005 Jon Anderson: Tour of the Universe (Video) (performer: "Show Me") / (writer: "The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)" (Excerpt), "Nous Sommes Du Soleil")
 2004 Out There (Video) (writer: "Out There", "The Mission", "To Be With You", "Universe Of Sound", "Music Of Love", "The Cathedral Of The Sky")
 2003 Yesspeak (Documentary) (performer: "Show Me", "Catherine Of Aragon/ Catherine Howard/ Jane Seymour") / (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "South Side Of The Sky", "Catherine Of Aragon/ Catherine Howard/ Jane Seymour", "Heart Of The Sunrise")
 2002 Yes: Symphonic Live (Video documentary) (writer: "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)")
 2002 Dreamtime (Video short) (writer: "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)")
 2001 Rick Wakeman: Live in Buenos Aires (Video) (writer: "Lancelot And The Black Knight", "Catherine Howard", "Catherine Of Aragon", "The Visit", "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth", "Catherine Parr", "Merlin The Magician", "Buried Alive", "1984/ Robot Man")
  Top Ten (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2001) (writer - 1 episode, 2001)
- Prog Rock (2001) ... (performer: "Lancelot And The Black Knight") / (writer: "Lancelot And The Black Knight")
 2000 House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (Video documentary) (writer: "Nous Sommes Du Soleil")
 2000 Rick Wakeman: The Legend Live in Concert 2000 (Video) (arranger: "Canon In D", "Catherine Howard/ Catherine Of Aragon", "The Nursery Rhyme Concerto", "The Journey/ Dance Of A Thousand Lights", "And You And I/ Wonderous Stories", "Guinevere/ Lancelot And The Black Knight", "Help/ Eleanor Rigby", "Clair De Lune", "Morning Has Broken" (audio only), "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended" (audio only)) / (writer: "Birdman Of Alcatraz", "Catherine Howard/ Catherine Of Aragon", "Seasons Of Change", "Jane Seymour", "Children Of Chernobyl", "The Journey/ Dance Of A Thousand Lights", "Guinevere/ Lancelot And The Black Knight", "Sea Horses" (audio only), "Gone But Not Forgotten" (audio only), "Elgin Mansions" (audio only), "Merlin The Magician" (audio only))
  This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1998) (writer - 1 episode, 1998)
- Rick Wakeman (1998) ... (performer: "Merlin The Magician") / (writer: "Merlin The Magician")
  Rock Family Trees (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1998) (writer - 1 episode, 1998)
- The Prog Rock Years (1998) ... (performer: "Catherine Howard", "The Journey", "Arthur", "Lancelot And The Black Knight") / (writer: "Catherine Howard", "The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)", "The Remembering (High The Memory)", "The Ancient (Giants Under The Sun)", "The Journey", "Arthur", "Lancelot And The Black Knight", "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)", "Themes", "Silent Talking")
 1997 The Piano Tour Live (performer: "Buy A Broom", "Elgin Mansions", "A Glimpse Of Heaven", "Space Oddity", "Life On Mars", "And You And I", "Wonderous Stories", "The Meeting", "The Nursery Rhyme Concerto", "Gone But Not Forgotten", "Morning Has Broken", "Eleanor Rigby", "The Lord's Prayer", "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended") / (writer: "Elgin Mansions", "The Meeting", "Gone But Not Forgotten", "The Lord's Prayer")
 1996 Yes: Keys to Ascension (Video) (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)")
 1996 Simply Acoustic (performer: "A Wish", "A Glimpse Of Heaven", "Catherine Howard", "Morning Has Broken", "Wonderous Stories", "Chapel Hill", "St. Michael's Isle", "Space Oddity", "Life On Mars", "The Meeting", "And You And I", "Merlin The Magician") / (writer: "A Wish", "Catherine Howard", "Chapel Hill", "St. Michael's Isle", "The Meeting", "Merlin The Magician")
 1996 The New Gospels (writer: "Galilee", "The Word", "Power", "The Gift", "The Magnificat", "The Welcoming", "Welcome A Star", "The Way", "The Baptism", "Tempt Him", "The Sermon On The Mount", "The Lord's Prayer", "The Road To Jerusalem", "Trial And Error", "Await The Hour", "The Cross", "Children Of Mine", "The Last Verse")
 1994 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus (Video) (performer: "Madrigal/ Catherine Parr/ Merlin The Magician", "The Meeting") / (writer: "Teakbois", "Madrigal/ Catherine Parr/ Merlin The Magician", "Birthright", "Themes", "Brother Of Mine", "Heart Of The Sunrise", "Order Of The Universe")
 1992 Yes: Live - 1975 at Q.P.R. (Video) (writer: "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)")
 1991 YesYears (Video) (performer: "Catherine Of Aragon") / (writer: "Siberian Khatru", "Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil)", "Catherine Of Aragon")
 1991 Rick Wakeman: The Classical Connection (Video documentary) (arranger: "Summertime", "Eleanor Rigby") / (writer: "Merlin The Magician", "After The Ball", "Sea Horses", "Julia/ 1984 Overture")
 1991 Yesshows '91: Union Tour Live (Video) (writer: "Heart Of The Sunrise", "Catherine Of Aragon/ Anne Boleyn/ Catherine Parr/ Merlin The Magician")
 1991 Yes: Greatest Video Hits (Video) (writer: "Madrigal")
 1990 Rick Wakeman: Live (Video documentary) (writer: "Anne Boleyn", "Elizabethan Rock/ Make Me A Woman", "Catherine Parr", "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth", "Merlin The Magician")
 1989 In the Big Dream (Video short) (writer: "Themes", "Brother Of Mine", "Fist Of Fire", "Order Of The Universe", "I'm Alive", "Heart Of The Sunrise" (Live))
 1986 Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup (Documentary) (writer: "Special Kind of Hero")
 1986 Playing for Keeps (writer: "THINK WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT")
 1984 Crimes of Passion (music: "It's a Lovely Life")
 1982 Omnibus (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Rick Wakeman/Die Fledermaus/The Great Japan Exhibition (1982) ... (writer: "1984 Overture", "Elgin Mansions")
 1980 B.C. Rock (performer: "FLYIN'", "STEAMHOLE DANCE", "WARMONGERS") / (producer: "STEAMHOLE DANCE", "WARMONGERS") / (writer: "FLYIN'", "STEAMHOLE DANCE", "WARMONGERS")
 1979 Yes: Live in Philadelphia 1979 (Video documentary) (writer: "Siberian Khatru")
 1979 My Son, My Son (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "Birdman of Alcatraz")
  The Old Grey Whistle Test (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1972 - 1976) (arranger - 1 episode, 1976)
- Rick Wakeman and the English Rock Ensemble (1976) ... (arranger: "The Journey/ Recollection") / (writer: "The Journey/ Recollection", "The Realisation", "Lancelot And The Black Knight", "The Spaceman", "Catherine Parr")
- Episode dated 16 January 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Anne Of Cleves", "Catherine Howard", "Catherine Parr")
- Episode #2.5 (1972) ... (writer: "Catherine Of Aragon", "Anne Boleyn")
 1975 Yessongs (Documentary) (performer: "Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'") / (writer: "Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'")
 1975 Lisztomania (lyrics: "Excelsior Song") / (writer: "Hibernation")
  Success Story (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1975) (writer - 1 episode, 1975)
- Rick Wakeman or how he failed to become a concert pianist and became a virtuoso rock star instead (1975) ... (performer: "Merlin the Magician") / (writer: "Merlin the Magician")
 1975 Rick Wakeman in Concert: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Catherine Parr", "Guinevere", "The Journey", "Recollection", "The Battle", "The Forest", "Catherine Howard", "Merlin The Magician", "Anne Boleyn/ The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended", "Reprise from The Forest")
 1972 X, Y and Zee ("Whirlwind", "Coat of Many Colours")
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Other Works:

Played piano on David Bowie's single "Absolute Beginners". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Yes

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Back in the '60s, you'd play anywhere, you really didn't care, you just wanted to play, and some of the working men's clubs and some of the places we went to, to put it crudely, were shit-holes. And that's upgrading them. See more »

Trivia:

Yes' 1973 album "Tales from Topographic Oceans" came seventh in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. Wakeman's 1974 solo album "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" came 25th on the list. See more »

Nickname:

One Take Wakeman See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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