Richard Cottle

Richard Cottle


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."

Richard’s 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, he’s 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.


Selected Discography

  Work With Other Artists  
1983 Charlie Charlie Keyboards, Saxophone
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
1985 Original Soundtrack Ladyhawke Keyboards
1985 Sade Diamond Life Synthesizer
1986 Charlie In Pursuit of Romance Keyboards, Saxophone
1986 Eric Clapton August Synthesizer
1986 Peter Frampton Premonition Keyboards
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 Foreigner Unusual Heat Keyboards
1991 Tina Turner Simply the Best Keyboards
1991 Rod Stewart Vagabond Heart Keyboards
1991 Seal Seal  
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
1994 Seal Seal  
1995 Original Soundtrack Ladyhawke Keyboards
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 Vanessa-Mae Storm Keyboards, Programming
1997 Original Soundtrack Man Who Knew Too Little Organ (Hammond)
1997 Psycho Motel Welcome to the World Keyboards
1997 Abbacadabra Revival/Flight One Producer
1997 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love Fender Rhodes
1997 Deborah Gibson Deborah Keyboards
1997 Gota It's So Different Here Keyboards
1998 B*Witched B*Witched Organ
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 Deborah Gibson Moonchild 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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