Richard Cottle, was born in Swansea, South Wales on June 26, 1960. Richard came from a musical family: his brother Laurie has played with The Alan Parsons Project, as well as made jazz albums including his solo album called "Five Seasons".
Richard is best known as a keyboard whiz, but Richard explains that this was not how he started out. "The clarinet was my first instrument, that naturally lead onto the sax. As a trendy fifteen year old sax player, I got into gigging with some local rock bands. I was doing a little tour around Wales with a band called Alkatraz when suddenly the keyboard player announced that he couldn't make the final gig, at which point I announced, 'I'll do it'. I furiously learned all the chords the next day, and I did my first gig on a Hammond organ that night. From then I just got totally into the keyboards."
Richards early session work includes playing keyboards and sax on the 1984 "Keats" album, then The Alan Parsons Project "Vulture Culture" album. This would begin a long association with Alan Parsons, not only on Project albums, but also records produced by Parsons, and sessions with other Project members.
Since the mid-eighties Richard has done session work with everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton, to Maxi Priest and Wham!
Richard has also done many live shows and tour dates, having toured with Alan Parsons, and David Bowie ('Glass Spider' world tour in 1987). In 1992, Richard was part of the band when Mike Oldfield performed his "Tubular Bells II" live at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.
In the late nineties, Richard stopped touring in order to stay closer to home with his family. Despite that, he still continues to keep very busy, and says, "the last kind of year or two I have been getting involved writing instrumental music, and I've done a lot of writing for music library companies."
In addition, hes still doing sessions and in 2000 Richard did synthesizer arrangements, and sound design for the Television movie "Arabian Nights" which aired on the ABC network in the US.
For more about Richard Cottle, see Issue Ten of The Avenue.
|Work With Other Artists|
|1983||John Verity Band||Interrupted Journey||Keyboards|
|1984||Public Image Ltd.||This Is What You Want...||Keyboards|
|1984||Keats||Keats||Synthesizer, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1984||John Parr||John Parr||Keyboards|
|1985||The Alan Parsons Project||Vulture Culture||Synthesizer, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1986||Charlie||In Pursuit of Romance||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1986||Nick Heyward||Postcards From Home||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1986||John Parr||Running the Endless Mile||Keyboards|
|1986||Maxi Priest||Intentions||Horn, Keyboards|
|1986||The Alan Parsons Project||Stereotomy||Synthesizer, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1986||Wham!||Music from the Edge of Heaven||Keyboards|
|1986||Zerra One||Domino Effect||Keyboards|
|1987||The Alan Parsons Project||Gaudi||Synthesizer, Saxophone|
|1987||Jennifer Rush||Heart Over Mind||Bass, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1987||Itchy Fingers||Quark||Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sax (Tenor), Producer, Engineer|
|1987||Mick Jagger||Primitive Cool||Keyboards|
|1989||Clive Griffin||Step by Step||Keyboards|
|1989||Walk on Fire||Blind Faith||Keyboards|
|1990||Paul Young||Other Voices||Keyboards|
|1990||Various / APP||Freudiana||Synthesizer, Saxophone|
|1991||Boy George||Martyr Mantras||Keyboards|
|1991||Tina Turner||Simply the Best||Keyboards|
|1991||Rod Stewart||Vagabond Heart||Keyboards|
|1992||Tashan||For the Sake of Love||Piano, Keyboards|
|1992||Bad Company||Here Comes Trouble||Keyboards|
|1992||Joan Armatrading||Square the Circle||Keyboards|
|1992||Manic Street Preachers||Generation Terrorists||Keyboards|
|1993||Beverley Craven||Love Scenes||Keyboards|
|1993||Rick Astley||Body & Soul||Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer|
|1993||The Beloved||Conscience||Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)|
|1993||Alan Parsons||Try Anything Once||Synthesizer, Saxophone|
|1995||Alan Parsons||The Very Best Of Live||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1996||Alan Parsons||On Air||Keyboards, Saxophone|
|1996||Tina Turner||Wildest Dreams||Keyboards, Drum Programming|
|1997||Original Soundtrack||Man Who Knew Too Little||Organ (Hammond)|
|1997||Psycho Motel||Welcome to the World||Keyboards|
|1997||Celine Dion||Let's Talk About Love||Fender Rhodes|
|1997||Gota||It's So Different Here||Keyboards|
|1999||James Galway||Un-Break My Heart||Keyboards, Programming|
|1999||Wendy Stark||Child of Transference||Keyboards|
|2000||Abacadabra||Revival Flight Two||Producer|
|2000||James Galway||Love Song||Keyboards|
|2000||S.A.S. Band||S.A.S. Band||Keyboards|
|2000||Original Television Movie||Arabian Nights||Synthesizer Arrangements, Sound Design|
|2001||Russell Watson||Voice||Keyboards, Programming|
|2002||Rick Astley||Keep It Turned On||Keyboards|
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