Rob Dickinson

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Rob Dickinson
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Rob Dickinson playing live at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Background information
Birth nameRobert Dickinson
Born (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 53)
Norwich, Norfolk, England[1]
GenresAlternative rock, shoegazing
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, automobile restorer / modifier
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, harmonica
Years active1990–present
LabelsWilde Club, Fontana, Mercury, Columbia, Chrysalis, Sanctuary
Associated actsCatherine Wheel, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, BT, Neverending White Lights

Robert "Rob" Dickinson (born 23 July 1965) is a British musician and singer-songwriter previously of the band Catherine Wheel.[2] Dickinson was raised in Norfolk, England, and is the paternal cousin of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.[3] He is now a solo artist and the founder and creative director of Singer Vehicle Design, which performs restoration and modification of client vehicles.


While a member of Catherine Wheel from 1990 to 2000, Dickinson proved himself as a talented songwriter and soulful vocalist. However, after the 2000 release of Catherine Wheel's last album, Wishville, the group disbanded.

Dickinson contributed vocals to two tracks on The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex album, Life Begins Again, which was released in January 2005. Dickinson returned to the music scene in September 2005 with the release of his debut solo album, Fresh Wine for the Horses.[4] The album includes tracks written by Dickinson while a member of Catherine Wheel, as well as newer material. The release was supported by a tour of small venues across the United States and Canada, where Dickinson performed intimate acoustic sets of both Catherine Wheel and solo material.

In February 2006, he discussed his new solo record and his career with Catherine Wheel in an interview with prior to his solo set in Ferndale, Michigan.

At the invitation of Marty Willson-Piper of The Church, Dickinson toured the USA with The Church during July and August 2006, opening each show and joining the band on stage for two encores.

On 10 June 2008, Fresh Wine for the Horses was re-released by Universal/Fontana with the new song "The End of the World" and a bonus disc, "Nude", which features Dickinson's re-workings of six Catherine Wheel songs including "Black Metallic" and "Crank".

His song "The Storm" was featured on an episode of Discovery's series Deadliest Catch.


Catherine Wheel[edit]

For a complete discography of Dickinson's work with Catherine Wheel, see Catherine Wheel Discography.


Guest appearances[edit]


  • "Oceans" (2005), directed by Mike Hodgkinson[5]

Singer Vehicle Design[edit]

Rob Dickinson (on the right) with the Singer 911

In 2009, Dickinson found a new outlet for his creativity and lifelong love of Porsche 911s through Singer Vehicle Design, which restores and modifies the 964 version of these automobiles. The company, located in Los Angeles, California, was named both in honor of renowned Porsche engineer, Norbert Singer, and Dickinson's other career as a vocalist.[6]


  1. ^ Catherine Wheel - Oxford Reference Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 664-5
  3. ^ Soren, Tabitha (1992) "Wheel of Fortune", SPIN, July 1992, retrieved 2011-07-02
  4. ^ Dye, David (2005) "Rob Dickinson Moves On, Again", NPR, 1 December 2005, retrieved 2011-07-02
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ XCAR (2014) "Singer Vehicle Design: Porsche 911 Re-Imagined, Original Spirit", 4 December 2014, retrieved 2015-09-21

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