Rick Price (bassist)

Rick Price
Birth name Richard Gordon Price
Born (1944-06-10) 10 June 1944 (age 77)
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Rock music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, vocals, pedal steel guitar
Years active 1960–present
Associated acts Sight And Sound, The Move, Wizzard, Wizzo Band, Price and Lee, The Rockin' Berries
Website rickprice.co.uk

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


Price was born in Birmingham. His first band were the Cimarrons, who were inspired by the Shadows.[4] He then moved on to the Sombreros, who later changed their name to Sight & Sound and moved in a more psychedelic direction.[4] He began collaborating with Mike Sheridan as a songwriting partnership.[4] Price joined the Move in 1969, staying with the group for two years, including an unsuccessful tour of the United States.[4] He also 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.

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.[4][5] He then joined former Move colleague Carl Wayne in Light Fantastic, before forming Mongrel with future Wizzard drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart.[4][6]

He joined up again with 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).[4]

After Wizzard split up, he joined the Wizzo Band on pedal steel guitar in 1975, but they broke up in 1978.[4] Price has also been a member of The Rockin' Berries since 1990.

Price is married to Dianne Lee of the 1970s duo Peters and Lee.[7] The couple tour as a duo, performing hits and new songs.[4]


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 673–675. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  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 e f g h i Eder, Bruce "Rick Price Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce "This Is To Certify: Gemini Anthology Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2014
  6. ^ Auslander, Philip (2006) Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472068685, p. 177
  7. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums, Guinness, 2005, p. 140

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