Fairport Convention was first band signed to management and a record deal on the strength of Richard Thompson’s guitar playing. When the band turned to Electric Folk/Rock it was his guitar that drove the bus. Increasingly interested in songwriting, Richard left Fairport for a solo career and spent several years recording and touring with then wife Linda. As the marriage dissolved Richard again struck out on his own. Early band tours included musician from Fairport and backing vocals from people like Christine Collister and Shawn Colvin. Some tours were electric, some acoustic. Some were with a band and some were without where he demonstrated his developing style on the acoustic guitar, which was just as masterful and powerful as his electric playing. An equally masterful songwriter, his songs like “1952 Vincent Black Lighting” and “Beeswing” are practically ubiquitous. They have had hundreds of recordings and are performed by thousands more.
On April 3, we’ll celebrate his 65th birthday the best way we know how. By sharing his music with you, all day, on WUMB