Paul Wickens

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Paul Wickens
Born(1956-03-27) 27 March 1956 (age 57)
Brentwood, Essex, England
OccupationsComposer, singer-songwriter, musician, score composer, music producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, organ, piano, Mellotron, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drums, harmonica
Years active1973-present
Associated acts
 
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Paul Wickens
Born(1956-03-27) 27 March 1956 (age 57)
Brentwood, Essex, England
OccupationsComposer, singer-songwriter, musician, score composer, music producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, organ, piano, Mellotron, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drums, harmonica
Years active1973-present
Associated acts

Paul "Wix" Wickens (born 27 March 1956) is a British musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Essex, United Kingdom. Wickens has worked with musicians such as Paul McCartney, Nik Kershaw, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bon Jovi and many other artists. Wickens has been a member of McCartney's touring band since 1989.[1]

Career[edit]

In the early 1980s Wickens was a member of Woodhead Monroe, a group that issued two singles distributed by Stiff Records, "Mumbo Jumbo" and "Identify."

Wickens began touring with Paul McCartney in 1989. As of then, he has appeared on many of McCartney's albums and DVDs, and has become the musical director for many of McCartney's tours. He continues to tour with McCartney (as his keyboardist, occasional guitarist and backing vocalist), and of the four musicians in McCartney's touring band, he has worked with McCartney the longest by a considerable margin.

Wickens recorded on albums by Tommy Shaw of the American rock group Styx, The Damned, Tim Finn, Paul Carrack, Nik Kershaw, Jim Diamond, Boy George, and David Gilmour, and was the co-producer of the first Savage Progress album. He also was the keyboardist and programmer for Edie Brickell & New Bohemians album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars - which was where he first met Chris Whitten. Paul was also instrumental in making the BANDAGED album the success it was, in aid of BBC Children in Need.

He attended Brentwood School, Essex where he became a friend of fellow student, the writer Douglas Adams, and performed at his memorial service in 2001. Wickens composed the music for the sequel radio productions of Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, originally broadcast in 2003-2004.

Wickens recorded a version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and has also been known for The The's minor UK hit, "This is the day", from their album Soul Mining.

Selected discography[edit]

Music producer[edit]

YearAlbumArtist
1986Desire For FreedomJim Diamond
1992Sleeping SatelliteTasmin Archer
1992Great ExpectationsTasmin Archer
1993In Your CareTasmin Archer
1996Big White RoomMelanie Garside
1996She KnowsMelanie Garside

Performer[edit]

YearAlbumArtist
1978Dynamite DazeKevin Coyne
1979BabbleKevin Coyne And Dagmar Krause
1983All I See Is YouEddie & Sunshine
1983Do What You Wanna Do / Movin' OnChris Thompson
1983Perfect StrangersEddie & Sunshine
1983The Golden SectionJohn Foxx
1983Human RacingNik Kershaw
1984Un autre mondeTéléphone
1984The RiddleNik Kershaw
1986Hi Ho SilverJim Diamond
1986Radio MusicolaNik Kershaw
1987To Be RebornBoy George
1988Ain't ComplainingStatus Quo
1988What Up, Dog?Was (Not Was)
1988From Langley Park to MemphisPrefab Sprout
1989GatecrashingLiving In A Box
1989The WorksNik Kershaw
1989Flowers In The DirtPaul McCartney
1990Tripping the Live FantasticPaul McCartney
1991A ContraluzLa Vela Puerca
1993Off the GroundPaul McCartney
1993Paul Is LivePaul McCartney
1996Big White RoomMelanie Garside
1996Desire For FreedomJim Diamond
1997So Help Me GirlGary Barlow
2002Back in the U.S./Back in the WorldPaul McCartney
2003Seven Years - Ten WeeksDavid Sneddon
2007Memory Almost FullPaul McCartney
2009Good Evening New York CityPaul McCartney

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canhoto, Bela, Interview With Paul "Wix" Wickens, retrieved January 19, 2009 

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