Rick Price (bassist)

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Rick Price
Birth nameRichard Price
Born (1944-06-10) 10 June 1944 (age 75)
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresRock music
InstrumentsBass, vocals, pedal steel guitar
Years active1960-present
Associated actsSight And Sound, The Move, Wizzard, Wizzo Band, Price and Lee, The Rockin' Berries

Richard Price (born 10 June 1944[1]) is an English bassist, who has played with various Birmingham based rock bands, most notably Sight and Sound, The Move (1969–1971), and Wizzard (1972–1975).[2][3]


Price was born in Birmingham. His first band was the Shadows-inspired Cimarrons.[4] He then moved on to the Sombreros who later changed their name to Sight & Sound and moved in a more psychedelic direction.[4] He began collaborating with Mike Sheridan as a songwriting partnership.[4] In 1969 he joined The Move, staying with the group for two years including an unsuccessful tour of the United States.[4] Price also contributed bass tracks to the early sessions for the debut album of ELO, but for reasons unclear, none of his bass parts ended up used in the final mix to the album when it was released in 1971.

After leaving The Move he signed a contract with Gemini Records, and with Sheridan he recorded the album This Is To Certify That, released in 1970, and his solo album Talking To The Flowers in 1971.[4][5] He then joined former Move colleague Carl Wayne in Light Fantastic before forming Mongrel with future Wizzard drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart.[4][6]

He joined up again with Wood in the latter's new band, Wizzard, with whom he had two number one UK hit singles, "See My Baby Jive" and "Angel Fingers", as well as the no. 4 Christmas classic, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (all 1973).[4]

He joined the Wizzo Band on pedal steel guitar in 1975, after the split of Wizzard, but they broke up in 1978.[4]

Price is married to Dianne Lee of the 1970s duo, Peters and Lee.[7] Price tours with Lee as a duo, performing hits and new songs.[4]

He has also been a member of The Rockin' Berries since 1990.


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 673–675. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. ^ Kutner, Jon & Leigh, Spencer (2013) 1,000 UK Number One Hits, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-1844492831
  3. ^ "Special Merit Picks", Billboard, 5 June 1971, p. 40. Retrieved 12 June 2014
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Eder, Bruce "Rick Price Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce "This Is To Certify: Gemini Anthology Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014
  6. ^ Auslander, Philip (2006) Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music, The University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472068685, p. 177
  7. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums, Guinness, 2005, p. 140

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