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#1. I had joined Yes in 1971. I was a classically trained musician who had worked with numerous artists as a session musician. I played on David Bowie's 'Life On Mars,' Cat Stevens's 'Morning Has Broken' and even on some Des O'Connor records, though I kept that quiet. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#2. When I die, I'll probably climb out of the coffin and play the organ at my own funeral! - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#3. I am a Yes fan, ultimately. I've been a member of the band, but I was always a fan of the band first. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#4. I've been married three times and divorced three times. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#5. Success is buried in the garden of failure. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#6. I'm hugely fond of Scotland. My daughter, Jemma, was born in the Simpson Memorial Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh, and it always tickled me that she was so vexed she didn't have a Scottish accent even though she was brought up down south. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#7. I bought a racehorse, Tropical Saint, that belonged to the Queen Mother. I used to go down to Banbury and watch him train, but during a televised race, his jockey pulled up and said there was something wrong. They put him in the grass to try and settle him but found him dead in the field. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#8. As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie - a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#9. My earliest professional musical experiences were really as a session player, and every day was an adventure. Three sessions a day, every day, and you never knew who you would be working with until you arrived at the studio. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#10. My dad died in 1980, and I found out afterwards from mum that my piano lessons, which cost £2 a week, took up nearly a third of his income. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#11. People like Frank Zappa were amazing for us Brits. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#12. Even the two times that I left, I never really felt like I left the band. It's very bizarre. It's like there's sort of an umbilical cord that stretches between us spiritually. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#13. Actually, I only left twice. I left then, and then rejoined literally two years later for Going For The One. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#14. I am a very extreme sort of character, as I don't do things by halves. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#15. There are people who think the film 'This Is Spinal Tap' is simply a very funny 'mockumentary.' Well, with Yes, we lived it. Take the hilarious scene in the film in which the bass player is trapped in a giant pod - that actually happened to Alan one night. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#16. There's a fine line between angry and grumpy. Angry isn't nice, but grumpy is funny. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#17. My life revolves around music and always will. I need to be a part of music and not an observer. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#18. I've got an overactive brain. I enjoy work, I enjoy life, and I'm not good at relaxing. I've also never slept very much due to this overactive imagination and my brain constantly thinking. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#19. Sparks is a sporting charity that puts on golf tournaments for sick children, and my animal charities include Oldham Cats and Feline Care, a big cat charity close to me in Norfolk. I'm also a Freemason and the money they raise for charity is phenomenal. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#20. Coming back to Yes is like never having left. Even when I have not been in the band, I have always felt part of it. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#21. I didn't enjoy 'Topographic Oceans' at all. It was a double album, and the truth is it was padded out, and I didn't like that. But I was a fan of Yes - still am - and as such, I'm entitled to say what I think. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#22. 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' is like a woman's padded bra. The cover looks good, but when you peel off the padding, there's not a lot there. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#23. To play music, you have to understand it. I didn't understand 'Topographic Oceans.' That's why I hardly played on it. It frustrated me no end - and playing the whole thing on tour, I got farther and farther away from it. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#24. I was in and out of Yes six times. Someone once likened it to Liz Taylor and Richard Burton's marriage where we couldn't live with or without each other. There's an element of truth, and I last left in 2005. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#25. People always said that I hated punk, and that really wasn't true. It was glossed over for many years that I was the guy who found the Tubes and signed them to A&M. English punk was a revolution. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#26. The studio is not the place to write. You need to be 75% ready when you go into the studio, and then the music can develop to the next stage. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#27. I always say that it's about breaking the rules. But the secret of breaking rules in a way that works is understanding what the rules are in the first place. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#28. Touring with Yes was generally great fun, and I got on well with the rest of the guys, but we were like chalk and cheese in many respects. I was unique in the band as a card-carrying Conservative. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#29. Apparently I'm well-known for my stories, my raconteur tales, that sort of thing. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#30. I like Toronto a lot, it's a good city. The only thing that really annoys me about Toronto is that you're turning Maple Leaf Gardens into a grocery store, which is absolutely nothing short of disgusting. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#31. But I'd play on everything from pop records to a lot of the glam stuff to rock stuff to classical stuff. I used to get called to do all those things, it was great. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#32. I read numerous books - loads in fact - and, as I always do when recording a historical project, immersed myself into the subject matter. I spent many hours at Henry's old homes, such as Hampton Court, and visiting the Tower of London. I read no other books during that period. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#33. I was 65 in May, and when I have just shaved, I see my father. I realise that I now have the same facial idiosyncrasies he had: little twitches here and there, mouth and nose movements, even the way he would tilt his head. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#34. I'm a Freemason, and we love to celebrate Burns' night: piping in the haggis, the whole lot. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#35. When the first list was being drawn up in the rock and roll book of Genesis, it would have been: In the beginning, God created Pink Floyd. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#36. My faith is very private to me. It plays an important part in my life, but I do not try and throw my beliefs at others. I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#37. I would have loved to record with Paul McCartney on some of his early solo recordings, wonderful music. Playing some lovely organ, perhaps. I would have loved to record with John Lennon. He was a dear friend. I had lunch with him just two days before he died. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#38. I avoid preset sounds wherever possible, and all the sounds I use I have edited. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#39. Country and western is the music of the devil. That's the real truth of the matter. My late Mother, bless her, loved country and western. God, I couldn't handle it. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#40. Liszt was a bit of a rock and roller at heart, but he was a bit of a puritan on his sounds. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#41. I cut out bread, I don't eat after 6 P.M., and I go on walks, and it's had a great effect. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#42. I joined Yes in July 1971. I had heard Yes live, as Strawbs had supported them at a gig in Hull. I thought they were amazing - incredibly different. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#43. But I listen to live recordings of things that I did back in the '70s and then how I've done things since. And there's no doubt about it: if I compare the two, it's like chalk and cheese. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#44. I was born in 1949 - which seems like a long time ago ... Actually, it is a long time ago, when I think about it. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#45. My eyes are green, and in one of them there is a splash of brown - apparently it is not a colour, but a freckle! Sometimes I notice that one eyelid droops more than the other. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#46. I'm always writing or playing because that is my life. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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#47. My mother had never had a day's illness in her life and never thought to have checks. Then, at 78, she discovered she had breast cancer and passed away the next year. But if she'd had a check two years before, they could have done something about it, they could have saved her. - Author: Rick Wakeman
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