Sunday, October 4, 2009

Richard Thompson

A founding member of Fairport Convention at the age of 17, Richard Thompson grew up in post WWII London in a musically rich environment. He excelled at guitar in high school and was noticed by American Producer Joe Boyd while playing with Fairport in the Soho district. Joe arraigned the band's first recording contract which produced the album Fairport Convention
in June of 1968.

Richard wrote and played for the band as it transformed from folk to folk-rock and worked on the first five studio albums before leaving the group to pursue a solo career which continues today.

Tonight I bring you 30 songs from Richard spanning his solo career and highlighting his magnificent guitar playing which at times sounds like two guitars at once, finishing with a heart-wrenching version of Hearbreak Hotel with Shawn Colvin and John Cale.

For those interested in more information on Richard be sure to see Solitary Life - a documentary on Richards history.

Richard Thompson WinAmp Page with a huge collection of videos


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