Monday, May 24, 2010

Beatle People: Paul Wickens

Paul "Wix" Wickens (b. March 27, 1956 in Essex, UK) is a keyboardist and composer from Essex, United Kingdom. Wickens has worked with musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bon Jovi and many other artists. Wickens has been a member of McCartney's touring band since 1989.


Wickens recorded on albums by Tommy Shaw of the American rock group Styx, The Damned, Tim Finn, Paul Carrack, 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 was a friend of the writer Douglas Adams, and performed at his memorial service in 2001. Recently he has composed the music for radio productions of Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He has also recorded a version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Paul McCartney

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 manager for many of McCartney's tours.

Selected Discography

Year Album Artist
1986 Desire For Freedom Jim Diamond
1992 Sleeping Satellite Tasmin Archer
1992 Great Expectations Tasmin Archer
1993 In Your Care Tasmin Archer
1996 Big White Room Melanie Garside
1996 She Knows Melanie Garside

Year Album Artist
1978 Dynamite Daze Kevin Coyne
1979 Babble Kevin Coyne And Dagmar Krause
1983 All I See Is You Eddie & Sunshine
1983 Do What You Wanna Do / Movin' On Chris Thompson
1983 Perfect Strangers Eddie & Sunshine
1983 The Golden Section John Foxx
1987 To Be Reborn Boy George
1988 What Up, Dog? Was (Not Was)
1988 From Langley Park to Memphis Prefab Sprout
1989 Gatecrashing Living In A Box
1990 Tripping The Live Fantastic Paul McCartney
1991 A Contraluz Luz
1993 Off the Ground Paul McCartney
1993 Paul Is Live Paul McCartney
1996 Big White Room Melanie Garside
1996 Desire For Freedom Jim Diamond
1997 So Help Me Girl Gary Barlow
2003 Seven Years - Ten Weeks David Sneddon
2007 Memory Almost Full Paul McCartney


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