Rick Price (bassist)

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Rick Price
Price with Wizzard in 1974
Price with Wizzard in 1974
Background information
Birth nameRichard Gordon Price
Born(1944-06-10)10 June 1944
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
GenresRock music
Instrument(s)Bass, vocals, pedal steel guitar
Years active1960–2022

Richard Gordon Price (10 June 1944 – 17 May 2022)[1] was an English bassist who played with various Birmingham-based rock bands, most notably Sight and Sound, the Move (1969–1971), and Wizzard (1972–1975).[2][3]


He first picked up the guitar in 1957 for a school play at Colmers Farm Secondary School.[4] He soon stopped playing the instrument, but saw interest in music again by 1960 when he realised that "girls liked boys in groups".[4] His first band were the Cimarrons, who were inspired by the Shadows.[1][5] He then moved on to the Sombreros, who later changed their name to Sight & Sound and moved in a more psychedelic direction.[5]

He began collaborating with Mike Sheridan as a songwriting partnership.[5] His influences in his earlier career in the 1950s included rock and roll artists such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard and Lonnie Donegan.[4]

Price joined The Move in 1969, replacing Trevor Burton, staying with the group for two years, including an unsuccessful tour of the United States.[5] When the Move ended, they re-emerged as Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and Price contributed bass tracks to the early sessions for the debut album of ELO, but for reasons that are unclear, none of his bass parts ended up in the final mix of the album when it was released in 1971.[6]

After leaving the Move he signed a contract with Gemini Records; he then recorded (with Sheridan) the album This Is To Certify That, released in 1970, and a solo album, Talking To The Flowers, in 1971.[5][7] He then joined former Move colleague Carl Wayne in Light Fantastic,[1] before forming Mongrel with future Wizzard drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart.[5][8]

He joined up again with Roy Wood in the latter's new band, Wizzard, with whom he had two British number one 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).[5]

After Wizzard split up, he joined the Wizzo Band on pedal steel guitar in 1975, but they broke up in 1978.[5] Price was also a member of The Rockin' Berries from 1990 until his death.

Personal life and death[edit]

Richard Gordon Price was born and raised in Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 10 June 1944 to Catherine and Frank Price.[9] He had three brothers and a sister, and the family moved to the border of Worcestershire and Warwickshire when Price was a child.[4]

Price worked with the 1970s duo Peters and Lee beginning in 1976,[10] eventually marrying Dianne Lee and working with her as a songwriting and performing duo.[11][5]

Price died of natural causes in Birmingham on 17 May 2022, at the age of 77.[6][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Rick Price tribute". Brumbeat. Archived from the original on 16 September 2022. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  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 "Rick Price - A Brief History". cherryblossomclinic.x10.mx. Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Eder, Bruce. "Rick Price Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 16 September 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Rick Price 1944/2022". ELO España. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  7. ^ Eder, Bruce. "This Is to Certify: Gemini Anthology Review". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 18 April 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  8. ^ Auslander, Philip (2006) Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472068685, p. 177
  9. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 673–675. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  10. ^ "Rick Price - A Brief History". Cherry Blossom Clinic. Archived from the original on 31 July 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  11. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums, Guinness, 2005, p. 140
  12. ^ MythofRock. "RICK PRICE PASSED AWAY". www.mythofrock.gr. Retrieved 11 January 2024.

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