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Richard Thompson
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    (April 3, 1949- )
    Born in Notting Hill Gate, London, United Kingdom
    Member of Fairport Convention (1967-71)
    Married to singer Linda Thompson (1972-82)
    With Linda, recorded the albums 'I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight' (1974), 'Hokey Pokey' (1975), 'Pour Down Like Silver' (1975), 'First Light' (1978), 'Sunnyvista' (1979) and 'Shoot Out the Lights' (1982)
    Solo recorded the albums 'Henry the Human Fly' (1972), 'Strict Tempo' (1981), 'Hand of Kindness' (1983), 'Small Town Romance' (1984), 'Across a Crowded Room' (1985), 'Daring Adventures' (1986), 'Amnesia' (1988), 'Rumor and Sigh' (1991), 'Mirror Blue' (1994), 'you? me? us?' (1996), 'Mock Tudor' (1999), 'Action Packed' (2001), 'The Old Kit Bag' (2003), 'Front Parlour Ballads' (2005) and 'Sweet Warrior' (2007)
    He said about his decision to go solo, 'I left Fairport as a gut reaction and didn't really know what I was doing.'
    His 'Henry the Human Fly' was reportedly the worst selling album ever on the Warner Brothers label.
    He dropped out of recording for three years to live on a Sufi commune.
    He cheated on Linda while she was pregnant.
    During a subsequent tour together, she would hit him during performances or trip him as the band came out on stage.
    Producer Joe Boyd said of his guitar playing, 'He can imitate almost any style, and often does, but is instantly identifiable.'
    His '1952 Vincent Black Lightning' became the most requested song on National Public Radio.
    For his show '1000 Years of Popular Music,' he performed songs ranging from the medieval 'Summer Is Icumen' to Britney Spears' 'Oops, I Did It Again.'
    Newsweek said of his performances, 'Like all genuine art, it satisfies completely.'

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