Roy Wood

English rock musician (born 1946) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Roy Wood (born 8 November 1946) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. He was particularly successful in the 1960s and 1970s as member and co-founder of the Move, Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard. As a songwriter, he contributed a number of hits to the repertoire of these bands. Altogether he had more than 20 singles in the UK Singles Chart under various guises, including three UK No. 1 hits.

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Roy Wood
Wood performing with Wizzard on TopPop, May 1974
Background information
Born (1946-11-08) 8 November 1946 (age 76)
Birmingham, England
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • composer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • cello
  • saxophones
  • oboe
  • percussion
  • keyboards
Years active1964–present
Formerly of
Spouse(s)Unknown (divorced)
Maureen Holmes (divorced)[2][3]
WebsiteOfficial website

The BBC has described Wood as being "responsible for some of the most memorable sounds of the Seventies" and "credited as playing a major role in the glam rock, psychedelic and prog rock movements".[1] In 2008, Wood was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to rock and pop by the University of Derby.[1] In 2015, his long and eclectic career was recognised with the "Outer Limits" award at the Progressive Music Awards in London.[4]

Wood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of Electric Light Orchestra.[5]