Richard Barnes (musician)

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Richard Barnes
Birth name Richard Barnes
Born (1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 72)
Surrey, England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, bassist
Years active 1967–1976

Richard Barnes (born 9 July 1944 in Surrey, England) is a British singer who saw limited chart success in the early 1970s.[1]


His professional music career started with The Quiet Five in 1964, where he played bass guitar and sang vocals. The group broke up around 1967.[2] Barnes released a solo album on Philips Records in 1970, which was produced by Gerry Bron,[3] and scored two chart hits in the UK Singles Chart that same year. His first hit, "Take to the Mountains" reached number 35 in May 1970, and "Go North" peaked at number 38 in November.[1] Both hits were written by Tony Hazzard.[4]

A compilation album was released in August 2007 by RPM Records, under the title of Take To The Mountains. It featured tracks recorded by Barnes between 1969 and 1974. The track listing was as follows:

  1. "Take to the Mountains" (Hazzard)
  2. "Woman, Woman" (Glaser, Payne)
  3. "Maria Elena" (Hazzard)
  4. "Take My Hand for a While" (Saint Marie)
  5. "Your Song" (John, Taupin)
  6. "The Way I Feel" (Hazzard)
  7. "High Flying Electric Bird" (Brown, Mullen)
  8. "London" (McKuen)
  9. "I Think I'm Getting Over You" (Cook, Greenaway)
  10. "Hard Headed Woman]" (Stevens)
  11. "Mama" (Hazzard)
  12. "It's Getting Better" (Mann, Weil)
  13. "Homeward Bound" (Simon)
  14. "Live Till You Die" (Rhodes)
  15. "Maybe" (Nilsson)
  16. "Tomorrow Never Comes" (Ife, Wirtz)
  17. "Could We Start Again Please" (Lloyd Webber)
  18. "Coldwater Morning" (Diamond)
  19. "Wandering" (Taylor)
  20. "Go North" (Hazzard)[4][5]



Year Album Record Label
1970 Richard Barnes Philips Records
1976 Tony Hazzard and Richard Barnes Warner Bros. Records


Year Title Peak chart
Record Label B-side Album
1968 "Woman, Woman" Columbia Records "The Princess and the Soldier"
"Look Away" "Mr. Inbetween"
1970 "Take to the Mountains" 35 Philips Records "But It's Now I Need Your Love" Richard Barnes
"Go North" 38 "So Will I"
1971 "Coldwater Morning" Bronze Records "Suddenly I Know"
1973 "Take to the Mountains"
"I'll Never Tell You" Richard Barnes
"Could We Start Again Please?" "I'm So Sad"
1976 "Fox on the Run"
(with Tony Hazzard)
Warner Bros. Records "Warning Lights" Tony Hazzard and Richard Barnes


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Quiet Five". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Richard Barnes - Richard Barnes (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  4. ^ a b Mark Deming (2007-08-27). "Take to the Mountains - Richard Barnes | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Take to the Mountains - Richard Barnes - Share your experience". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 

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