Robert Wyatt

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Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945[3][4]) is a retired English musician. A founding member of the influential Canterbury scene bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole,[5] he was initially a kit drummer and singer before becoming paraplegic following an accidental fall from a window in 1973, which led him to abandon band work, explore other instruments, and begin a forty-year solo career.[3]

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Robert Wyatt
Wyatt in London, April 2006
Wyatt in London, April 2006
Background information
Birth nameRobert Wyatt-Ellidge
Born (1945-01-28) 28 January 1945 (age 78)
Bristol, England
OriginLydden, Kent, England
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Vocals, drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, cornet
DiscographyRobert Wyatt discography
Years active1963–2014
LabelsVirgin, Rough Trade, Hannibal, Domino

A key player during the formative years of British jazz fusion, psychedelia and progressive rock, Wyatt's own work became increasingly interpretative, collaborative and politicised from the mid-1970s onwards. His solo music has covered a particularly individual musical terrain ranging from covers of pop singles to shifting, amorphous song collections drawing on elements of jazz, folk and nursery rhyme.

Wyatt retired from his music career in 2014, stating "there is a pride in [stopping], I don't want [the music] to go off."[6] He is married to English painter and songwriter Alfreda Benge.