Am 3.April 2019 feierte Richard Thompson seinen 70.Geburtstag – ein wahrer Held, sowohl als Gitarrist wie auch als Songschreiber – hat sich nie komprimittiert, immer sein Ding durchgezogen. Die Facebook-Seite „Induct Fairport Convention into the Rock’n Roll Hall Of fame“ würdigt ihn mit nachfolgendem Text:
„Richard John Thompson was born on 3 April 1949 at Ladbroke Cresent, Notting Hill, West London, the son of a Scotland Yard detective. Thompson’s father was also an amateur guitarist and introduced his son to a variety of music from jazz to folk which was in tandem with the popular rock ‘n’ roll records of the time. Thompson formed his first band “Emil and the Detectives” with Hugh Cornwell (later of the Stranglers) while still in school.
In early 1967 he joined Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol in what was to become Fairport Convention. It was Thompson’s artistry on the guitar that caught the attention of American record producer Joe Boyd who signed them to his management and production company, as well as encouraged them to compose their own material. With the January 1969 release of the group’s second album “What We Did on Our Holidays” it was Thompson who became noted as a first-rate songwriter, specifically with his composition “Meet on the Ledge” which has since became one of the band’s signature songs.
Following the motor accident on 12 May 1969 which took the lives of both drummer Martin Lamble and Thompson’s then girlfriend Jeannie Franklin, Fairport regrouped and recorded their innovative and acclaimed fourth album “Liege and Lief” which introduced British folk-rock to the world. Teaming with the group’s vocalist and fiddle player Dave Swarbrick, Thompson co-wrote several songs which became Fairport standards such as “Crazy Man Michael”, “Walk Awhile” and “Sloth”. He left Fairport Convention in January 1971 a few weeks before they were to begin recording the follow-up to their acclaimed “Full House” album.
What followed was a bevy of session work, as well as co-producing Sandy Denny’s 1971 album “The Northstar Grassman and the Ravens”. Thompson’s debut solo album “Henry the Human Fly”, though panned upon its release, has since been recognized as an innovative masterpiece. He then teamed up with his wife Linda to record six exquisite albums, two of them regarded as classics: 1974’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” and 1982’s “Shoot Out the Lights”. Afterward, RT embarked upon a highly successful solo career that included a bevy of consistently excellent albums.
RT has received several honors including Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011, as well as an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Aberdeen. He has also been recognized by several organizations for both his guitar playing and his songwriting.
So today we honor Richard Thompson on his birthday and his contributions to Fairport Convention and beyond!“
Am 30.September 2019 wird es in der Londoner Royal Albert Hall ein spezielles Konzert mit vielen Gästen geben. Pre-sale tickets will be available tomorrow, 4th April at 10 AM local time at http://www.alttickets.com/
General on-sale will take place 5th April at 10 AM local time. Da lohnt sich das Sparen, finde ich.