Richard Christopher Wakeman, 18 May 1949, Perivale, Middlesex, England. The spectacular live extravaganzas undertaken in the mid-70s by the former Strawbs and Yes keyboard player tended to mask the talent of one of rocks premier musicians. In the early 70s Wakeman, who eventually left Yes at the end of 1973, regularly battled it out with Keith Emerson in the annual music press readers poll for the prestige of the worlds top keyboard player. His solo career was launched with a series of conceptual classical rock albums that were overblown with ambition, but briefly made him an international superstar. Following the release of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, and after suffering a suspected minor heart attack, Wakeman took his success to extremes by staging The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table using a full orchestra and 50-strong choir at Wembleys Empire Pool, on ice! All...
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