The Wizard (Uriah Heep song)
|Single by Uriah Heep|
|Genre||Progressive rock, folk rock|
|Songwriter(s)||Ken Hensley, Mark Clarke|
|Uriah Heep singles chronology|
"The Wizard" is a single from British rock band Uriah Heep's 1972 album Demons & Wizards. It was the first single to be lifted from the album. It was composed by Mark Clarke and Ken Hensley. It is a gentle, semi-acoustic ballad whose lyrics deal with a man wandering until he meets "the Wizard of a thousand kings", a possible reference to the druid Merlin, to Gandalf, to an angel, to a bodhisattva, or even God. This song is the first Uriah Heep single which had a music video.
The song was composed by keyboardist-guitarist Ken Hensley and the band's short time bassist Mark Clarke. "The Wizard" also was the only composition that includes Clarke as a member of the band. The song charted at #34 in Germany and at #8 in Switzerland.
- Mick Box — Guitar
- Lee Kerslake — Drums
- Mark Clarke — Lead vocals, bass guitar
- Ken Hensley — Keyboards, 12-string acoustic guitar
- David Byron — Lead vocals
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