Rick Wakeman, and the blues data that modified his life

Beneath the rock-star locks and the cape of prog rock, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman has a coronary heart beating for R&B and blues. Rising up in northwest London as trad jazz, skiffle and blues have been setting minds on fireplace, younger Rick discovered himself in quite a lot of aspirational bands. He’s recognized greatest for his time in The Strawbs and Sure, nevertheless it was R&B that obtained him a foot on the music trade ladder.

“Once I was a youngster, everybody was in an R&B band,” says Wakeman. “Twelve-bar blues was the simplest factor to be taught, and when you had three chords you had a band. Shifting on a few years, I used to be skiving off college to work in a music store in South Ealing. Someday Chas Cronk [future Strawb] got here in and was speaking to the proprietor, Dave Simms, saying he was in a spot, looking for gamers for a session with Ike Turner’s singer Jimmy Thomas. His personal band had been ‘detained’ at Customs. Dave checked out me and stated: ‘Rick will kind that for you.’ Chas went: ‘Good. I’ve obtained a demo on quarter-inch. I’ll convey it in. If I discover and rating the brass part, you do the organ bit, my issues might be solved.’ 

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