Richard Page (musician)

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Richard Page
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Page on stage in June 2014
Background information
Born (1953-05-16) May 16, 1953 (age 65)
Keokuk, Iowa, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1977–present
Labels RCA
Associated acts
Website richardpagemusic.com

Richard Page (born May 16, 1953) is an American musician who is best known as the lead singer and bassist of 1980s band Mr. Mister. [1] The band's hits include the classic hit single Broken Wings and Kyrie . [2] Since the early 1980s, he has also been renowned background singer for many artists and bands, and a solo artist since 1996. [3] [4] He also wrote songs for popular artists such as Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, and Josh Groban, among others. [5]

Mr. Mister rock band

Mr. Mister was an American pop rock band active throughout the 1980s. The band consisted of Richard Page on lead vocals and bass guitar, Steve George on keyboards/backing vocals, Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums/percussion and Steve Farris on guitars/backing vocals. Mr. Mister was the successor to the band Pages, fronted by Page and George from 1978 to 1981.

Broken Wings (Mr. Mister song) single

"Broken Wings" is a 1985 song recorded by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. It was released in June 1985 as the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Real World. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1985, where it remained for two weeks. It was released as the band was just about to embark on a US tour opening for Tina Turner. The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, the highest chart position the group ever achieved in Britain. "Broken Wings" became the first of two consecutive number ones of the band on the American charts, the other chart-topper being "Kyrie".

Kyrie (song) 1985 single by Mr. Mister

"Kyrie" is a song by American pop rock band Mr. Mister, from their album Welcome to the Real World. Released in late 1985, it hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in March 1986, where it was number one for two weeks. It also hit the top spot on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart for one week. In the UK, the song peaked at number 11 in April 1986.

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Early life

Page was born on May 16, 1953 in Keokuk, Iowa. His parents, Robert and Joyce Page, were both professional musicians. Robert was a singer and choral director while his wife was an accomplished organist, pianist, and singer. In the mid-1950s, the family of seven (Page has a sister and three brothers, who are all musicians) moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where his parents worked as music directors at a local Methodist church. His mother knew Richard had a special interest in the family "business" when he came home from Sunday school to announce that he was the only baritone in the four-year-old class.[ citation needed ] The Pages lived in Montgomery from 1955 to 1962.

Keokuk, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Keokuk is a city in and a county seat of Lee County, Iowa, United States, along with Fort Madison. It is Iowa's southernmost city. The population was 10,780 at the 2010 census. The city is named after the Sauk chief Keokuk, who is thought to be buried in Rand Park. It is in the extreme southeast corner of Iowa, where the Des Moines River meets the Mississippi. It is at the junction of U.S. Routes 61, 136 and 218. Just across the rivers are the towns of Hamilton and Warsaw, Illinois, and Alexandria, Missouri.

Montgomery, Alabama Capital of Alabama

Montgomery is the capital city of the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it stands beside the Alabama River, on the coastal Plain of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2010 Census, Montgomery's population was 205,764. It is the second most populous city in Alabama, after Birmingham, and is the 118th most populous in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area's population in 2010 was estimated at 374,536; it is the fourth largest in the state and 136th among United States metropolitan areas.

Sunday school Christian educational institution

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In the late 1960s, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where his mother worked as the Assistant Director of the Phoenix Boys Choir for many years while his father was a musical director at a Phoenix church. Page attended Central High School, performing in school musicals such as Oliver! . "It was a great experience, I was a horrible student, I had to beg the vice-principal to graduate me,” Page said in 2015. [6] “He did because he knew my interests were in music, I had sort of excelled in that area.” [6] He cited that his musical influences at this stage included The Beatles and The Beach Boys . [5]

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

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Central High School is a high school in the Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The campus is located at 4525 North Central Avenue, just north of downtown. It was established in 1957.

<i>Oliver!</i> musical

Oliver! is an English musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Career

On the day he graduated in 1971, Page moved to Hollywood. In Los Angeles, Page and Steve George, a friend from Phoenix, “knocked around the LA music scene, eventually working with topflight acts like REO Speedwagon, Andy Gibb, Al Jarreau, and Kenny Loggins.” [6] Page turned down the offer to be the lead singer for the bands Chicago and Toto. [4] The position that he turned down with Chicago was accepted by Jason Scheff.

REO Speedwagon rock band from the United States

REO Speedwagon is an American rock band from Champaign, Illinois. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group's best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold.

Andy Gibb British–Australian singer

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Al Jarreau American jazz and pop musician

Alwin Lopez Jarreau was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World."

His first major band, Pages, was formed with his childhood friend, Steve George, after he moved to Los Angeles from San Diego in the late 1970s. After producing three "Pages" albums, Page and George formed Mr. Mister along with Steve Farris and Pat Mastelotto. Page was on vocals/bass, George handled keyboards, Farris played guitar, and Mastelotto was on drums. [7] The band’s first album was I Wear The Face (1984). Page has said that in this album the band was "just getting together and figuring out" how they wanted to sound. [8]

Pages (band)

Pages was an American pop rock band active during the late 1970s and the early 1980s. The band consisted of Richard Page and Steve George on vocals and keyboards supported by various studio musicians, some of whom from time to time were considered part of the band. Although Pages was highly regarded for its well-crafted pop and jazz-fusion sound, the group did not achieve commercial success, and disbanded after recording only three studio albums. Pages is perhaps best known as the launching pad for the recording careers of Page and George, who later formed the band Mr. Mister, who topped the charts during the mid-1980s with pop classics such as "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie".

Steve George is an American keyboard player, who is perhaps best known as the keyboardist for the 1980s band, Mr. Mister. He co-wrote many of the Mr. Mister songs, together with his childhood friend, Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page, with whom he also played in Pages prior to forming Mr. Mister.

San Diego City in California, United States

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As frontman for Mr. Mister, Page scored two consecutive Hot 100 No. 1's with the singles "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie", both of which Page composed in collaboration with another Phoenix friend, John Lang. Both songs were released in 1985 and appeared on Mr. Mister's breakthrough second album, Welcome to the Real World , which also came out in 1985 and reached No. 1 on the albums charts. The group was nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Band in 1986. [9]

<i>Welcome to the Real World</i> (Mr. Mister album) 1985 studio album by Mr. Mister

Welcome to the Real World is the second album by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. Released in 1985, it climbed to #1 on the Billboard album charts during early 1986. Two singles from the album, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie", both went to #1 on the US singles chart. "Is It Love," was also a top 10 hit for the band, peaking at #8 on the Billboard chart.

Mr. Mister's third album, Go On… was released in 1987. In an interview, Page said that they “tried many new and different sounds and ideas” and that it included some of the band's best songwriting. [8] Before breaking up on September 25, 1990, the group recorded a fourth Mr. Mister album, Pull, in 1989. It was not released until 2010. Page has described “Pull”(2010) as the group’s “most experimental album.” [8]

Many of Page's songs for Mr. Mister, and many of his solo numbers, were co-written with Steve George and John Lang.." [10]

Subsequently, he was a member of Third Matinee with Patrick Leonard, before he released his first solo album Shelter Me in 1996. It featured the singles "The Best Thing" and "My Oxygen", a remake of Nik Kershaw's hit. In 1997, he turned down an offer from Leonard to record a second Third Matinee album.

Following Shelter me, Page worked as a songwriter and session player. His songwriting clients include Kenny Loggins, Madonna (Golden Globes and Grammy nominated song, "I'll Remember" from With Honors ), Josh Groban, Céline Dion, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, The Pointer Sisters, Meat Loaf, Patti LaBelle, Hall & Oates, BB Mak, Bill Champlin, Al Jarreau, Leona Lewis and many others. He was the lead vocalist on a tune written by Donald Fagen called "Green Flower Street", which appeared on the 2000 album entitled "Birdland" by Masanori Sasaji and the L.A. Allstars. [11]

Page performed his own material in December 2008 for the first time since Shelter Me. The song entitled "I Always Cry at Christmas" was co-written with Walter Afanasieff. In 2010 Page released two of his own song collections, Peculiar Life, which he recorded, noting that writing for others was not as satisfying as writing a song for himself, especially when it entailed compromises. In the same year, he also released the album 5 Songs for Christmas. These were followed by Solo Acoustic (2011) and Songs from the Sketchbook (2012).

Based on a recommendation by his friend, songwriter Richard Marx, Ringo Starr approached Page to join his 11th All-Starr Band and, in the summer of 2010, they embarked on a 32-date U.S. tour and, then in 2011, they embarked on a 40-date Europe tour. Page also toured with Ringo's 12th All-Starr Band in the summer of 2012, 2013, and 2017. [1] On its first tour, Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band also included keyboardists Edgar Winter and Gary Wright, guitarists Rick Derringer and Wally Palmer, and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

Personal life

Richard lives with his wife Linda and their four children in Malibu in southern California.[ citation needed ]

Discography

Solo albums

Live albums

with Pages

with Mr. Mister

with Third Matinee

Notable album appearances

Page performed backing vocals on Peter Allen's 1980 album Bi-Coastal as well as on Barbra Streisand's 1985 recording of "I Know Him So Well" for The Broadway Album . He also performed a duet with Cher, "One Small Step", as well as backing vocals on her 1991 album Love Hurts .

Other appearances include:

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