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Michael Gordon Oldfield, 15 May 1953, Reading, Berkshire, England. Multi-instrumentalist Oldfield will forever be associated with a piece of symphonic-length music he wrote before his 20th birthday. Tubular Bells, released in 1973, topped the UK album chart and went on to become a worldwide bestseller. Oldfield began his career providing acoustic guitar accompaniment to folk songs sung by his older sister, Sally Oldfield, who would often appear in Readings pubs and clubs with Marianne Faithfull. Mike and Sally recorded together as the Sallyangie, releasing a solitary album for the Transatlantic Records label in 1968, before he left to join Kevin Ayers And The Whole World, with whom he played bass and guitar for a short period. He continued working on his own material and produced a demo of instrumental music which later became Tubular Bells. Several record companies rejected the piece but entrepreneur Richard Branson, the head of Virgin stores, recognized its...