Rick Fenn

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Rick Fenn
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Background information
Born (1953-05-23) 23 May 1953 (age 64)
Genres Rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts 10cc
Mason & Fenn
Mike Oldfield
Peter Howarth

Richard "Rick" Fenn (born 23 May 1953) is an English rock guitarist. He is best known for being a member of the band 10cc since 1976.[1] He has also collaborated with Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman, Hollies singer Peter Howarth and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

History

Fenn’s musical career started in Oxford where he was leader of the school band 'Bagshot Louie'. The band folded with the end of the school year in 1971 and Fenn moved to Cambridge, to attend Cambridge College of Arts & Technology.

After completing an HND business studies course, Fenn joined a Cambridge band called Hamilton Gray who moved to Manchester and became the band 'Gentlemen'. Their debut TV appearance on a show called 'So It Goes' (along with the Sex Pistols) resulted in a liaison with Paul Burgess who soon after, recommended him to 10CC which he joined towards the end of 1976 at the launch of the Deceptive Bends album and has been part of the team ever since.

From 1979 he also toured and recorded with Mike Oldfield and with him co-wrote the song “Family Man” which went on to become a big hit for Hall & Oates all over the world and win him an A.S.C.A.P. award for best song in 1984.

In 1985 Fenn wrote and recorded his own album Profiles with The Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason. The single from the album, "Lie for a Lie" sung by David Gilmour and featuring Maggie Reilly was a hit in the U.S.A. Also in the 1980s Fenn and Mason formed Bamboo Music, a company that produced music jingles for corporate clients.

Over the years he has toured with artists such as Rick Wakeman,[2] Jack Bruce, Elkie Brooks and Wax (with Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman). As a guitarist, he has recorded with numerous artists among them Cliff Richard, Peter Green, Agnetha (ABBA) Marilyn, Sniff 'n' the Tears, John Wetton and Justin Hayward.

From the late 80s, Fenn devoted more of his time to composing and wrote countless scores for T.V. documentaries, dramas and comedies (including series for Hale and Pace and Craig Charles) and a number of feature films. Amongst those were White of the Eye which was another collaboration with Nick Mason. Over the years he has won several awards for high-profile commercial sound tracks.

One soundtrack that won him a Gold Clio award in America in 1989 for best song, featured Peter Howarth on vocals. He went on to form a writing partnership with Howarth, now the lead singer with the Hollies, and in 1990 they wrote a rock opera called "Robin, Prince of Sherwood" which toured the UK for a year and spent four months in the West End. Fenn and Howarth have other projects in the pipeline. They also periodically assemble a troupe of prominent musicians and perform as the Feramones.

Fenn recently toured throughout Germany as part of the Nokia Night of the Proms Band where, as well as 10cc, he played with Tears For Fears, Robin Gibb and Kim Wilde.

When not working with 10CC, Fenn now spends most of his time at his home near Byron Bay, NSW, in Australia, with his wife and daughter Heather and Ruby-Mae, where he has also collaborated with Australian rock legend Brian Cadd on various projects including a stage musical.

Discography

With Mason + Fenn

Profiles – 1985
Life Could Be a Dream – 1986 (film soundtrack) [3]
White of the Eye – 1987
Body Contact – 1987
Tank Malling – 1989

With 10cc

Live and Let Live – 1977
Bloody Tourists – 1978
Look Hear? – 1980
Ten Out of 10 – 1981
Windows in the Jungle – 1983
Best of 10cc – 1980
The Collection – 1987
10cc Alive – 1993
Mirror Mirror – 1995
Live in Concert – 1985 (Video)
Changing Faces – 1998 (Video)
Ultimate Collection – 2003
Greatest Hits ... And More – 2006 DVD
Clever Clogs DVD – 2008

With Eric Stewart

Girls – 1980
Frooty Rooties – 1982

With Graham Gouldman

Animalympics (1980)
And Another Thing... (2000)
Love and Work (2012)

With Agnetha Fältskog

Eyes of a Woman – 1985

With Peter Howarth

Robin Prince of Sherwood – 1992
Androcles and the Lion – 1995
Circle of Four – 1995

With Mike Oldfield

QE2 – 1980
Live at Montreux 1981 – 1981
Five Miles Out – 1982
Crises – 1983
Islands – 1987

With Rick Wakeman

Crimes of Passion (soundtrack) – 1984
Silent Nights – 1985
Live at Hammersmith – 1985

With Sniff 'n' the Tears

Love Action – 1981

With Michael Mantler

Live – 1987 – with Jack Bruce and Nick Mason
Many Have No Speech – (Watt/ECM) — with Jack Bruce Marianne Faithfull, Robert Wyatt
The Watt Works Family Album – : (WATT/ECM) —
Folly Seeing All This – 1993: (ECM) —

With Peter Green

Blues for Dhyana – 1998
The Clown – 2001

With Tanita Tikaram

The Cappucino Songs – 1998

References

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: 10cc". AMG. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Rick Wakeman, Live at Hammersmith
  3. ^ Fitch, Vernon (8 May 2000). "Life Could Be a Dream – The Nick Mason film". pinkfloydarchives.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
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