Rick Wills

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Rick Wills
Birth name Richard Wills
Born (1947-12-05) 5 December 1947 (age 67)
London, England
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts Foreigner, Small Faces, Bad Company, Joker's Wild, Roxy Music, Roger Daltrey, The Jones Gang
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass

Richard William "Rick" Wills (born 5 December 1947, London, England), is a British bass player. He is best known for his work with Rock band Foreigner and his associations with the Small Faces and Bad Company.

Career[edit]

Wills played in the early days of rock music in Cambridge, from c.1961 in the Vikings, then a succession of local bands: the Sundowners, Soul Committee, Bullet and Cochise before joining Frampton's Camel.[1]

Wills joined the blues-rock band Joker's Wild in 1966, replacing Tony Sainty, until they broke up in 1968. He played bass on Peter Frampton's first three albums before ending parting from Frampton in 1975. He became the bassist with Roxy Music in 1976, before leaving the band and joining The Small Faces in 1977, during their reunion period. He left The Small Faces and appeared on David Gilmour's eponymous album in 1978. The next year, Wills became a member of Rock band Foreigner .[2] and remained with them for fourteen years.

After leaving Foreigner in 1992,[3] he joined Bad Company and stayed with them until Boz Burrell rejoined the band in 1998.[2] In July 1999 he filled in for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson for live shows when Wilkeson briefly took ill. On 24 April 2001, he appeared at The Steve Mariott Memorial Concert, as part of a backing band with Bobby Tench, Zak Starkey and Rabbit Bundrick.[4][5]

Wills was reunited with The Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones in the The Jones Gang during 2006[6] and appeared with The RD Crusaders for The Teenage Cancer Trust at The London International Music Show on 15 June 2008.[7]

Discography[edit]

With Parrish and Gurvitz 1972 produced by George Martin.

With Peter Frampton[2]
With Roxy Music[2]
With The Small Faces[2]
With David Gilmour[2]
With Foreigner[2]
With Bad Company[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roots of Cambridge Rock family tree". Cambridge Evening News. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rick Wills". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12010-18-02.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Phoenix. "Foreigner band members". www.4eigner.net. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Astoria concert 2001". humble-pie.net. 24 April 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  5. ^ marriottgig.htm "Astoria Memorial Concert 2001". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Jones Gang". butgroup.com. Retrieved 18 February 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "RD Crusaders play at LIMS". www.soundonsound. 20018-01-05.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll – 3rd Edition

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