Sylvan Richardson

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Sylvan Richardson
Birth nameSylvan B. Richardson
Also known asSylvan Richardson Jr.
Born1965 (age 53–54)
Lambeth, London, England
GenresNew wave, soul
InstrumentsGuitar, Bass Guitar
Years active1985-
Associated actsSimply Red, Andy Sheppard

Sylvan Richardson is a British guitarist, composer and masseur.


Best known for being the one-time guitarist of Simply Red, after the second album Men and Women and a successful world tour, Richardson left the band after becoming disillusioned with the industry. He then studied composition in New York City.[1] Richardson went on to work with acts such as Andy Sheppard and girl group Cleopatra and many others, as a session bassist and band director.

Richardson has his own group The Sylvan Richardson Band, who are currently based in Manchester. In his spare time, he enjoys squash and Kung Fu.[2]


After training as a masseur, in 2009 he made a guest appearance on the BBC comedy quiz show Would I Lie To You?, in which he revealed that he was cyclist Sir Chris Hoy's masseur. On 19 July 2010, Richardson was appointed as Liverpool F.C.'s new masseur.[3]


  1. ^ Chris Hoy's masseuse was a founding member of Simply Red
  2. ^ Squash site
  3. ^ "Former Simply Red guitarist joins Liverpool as masseur". BBC Sport. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010.