Paul Raymond (musician)

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Paul Raymond
Paul Raymond in 2007
Paul Raymond in 2007
Background information
Birth namePaul Martin Raymond
Born(1945-11-16)16 November 1945
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Died13 April 2019(2019-04-13) (aged 73)
GenresRock, hard rock, blues rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsKeyboards, guitar
Years active1964–2019
LabelsChrysalis, SPV
Associated actsPlastic Penny, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Danny Kirwan, UFO, Michael Schenker Group, Waysted, Paul Raymond Project, Tony Jackson Group.
WebsiteOfficial website

Paul Martin Raymond (16 November 1945 – 13 April 2019) was an English keyboardist/guitarist, best known for playing in UFO and Michael Schenker Group.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Raymond began his musical career in January 1964 as a jazz musician.[2] He later joined Plastic Penny as their keyboardist/vocalist, and replaced Christine McVie (nee: Perfect) in British blues band Chicken Shack when she left for a solo career, before she joined Fleetwood Mac.[2] Raymond then joined Savoy Brown as their keyboardist/guitarist.[3][2] He subsequently recorded with the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan, appearing on his first album, Second Chapter, released in 1975.[4]

He was recruited by UFO in 1976 to replace their first keyboardist, Danny Peyronel.[2] He wrote songs for UFO but because of a previous publishing deal was not credited for these songs until recent years. When Michael Schenker left UFO, he joined Schenker's own band, MSG, in 1981 and later joined UFO bassist Pete Way's own band, Waysted, in 1983.[2] Raymond worked with Phil Mogg, Andy Parker, along with Schenker and Way, in UFO from 1976–1980, 1984–1986, 1993–1998 and 2003–2019.[citation needed]

Raymond was left handed and played guitar with the strings inverted.[citation needed]

Raymond died from a heart attack on 13 April 2019, aged 73.[2] At the time of his death, UFO had just completed the first leg of what they referred to as their final world tour, dubbed "Last Orders: 50th Anniversary".[5] For the remainder of the tour, Raymond was replaced by Neil Carter, who was also his replacement from 1980 to 1983.[6]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Paul Raymond- Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "UFO Keyboardist/Guitarist PAUL RAYMOND Dead At 73". 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ Outinot, Dan (3 February 1980). "Albums: ufo, bruce cockburn, thelma houston". Reading Eagle. Reading Eagle. p. 30. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  4. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Second Chapter credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ "UFO - ROCK BAND - LATEST NEWS". Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "UFO Rejoined By Guitarist/Keyboardist NEIL CARTER For Remainder Of 'Last Orders' Tour". 30 April 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.