Richard Page

Born: Montgomery, AL

Rock Vocals, Songwriter Mr. Mister

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

biography-page.JPG (13948 bytes)Richard Page, born in Keokuk, Iowa on May 16th of 1953 began vocal training and playing piano at the age of six. Around that age his family moved to Montgomery, Alabama. Together with his sister and three brothers he formed the alto, tenor and bass section of his father's church choir. His father is a retired voice teacher and choir director. His late mother was the associate director of a Phoenix' renowned boys choir.

As a kid Richard used to listen to Cream, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He began writing songs with his cousin John Lang, which they played on the piano in his father's church.

Later on the family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where Richard met Steve George. Richard was soon busy mastering the guitar as well as the keyboards. Around the age of 20 he joined Steve George's band "Andy Hardy" for a while. Later he formed a band called "Joyce", first playing drums, later doing the lead guitar. Due to lack of success Richard decided to go back to L.A in 1975, where he rejoined Steve George. They performed in L.A. clubs and even moved to Las Vegas. When that became too exhaustive Richard decided to study again. He took composition and theater in a school for performing arts in San Diego, where he wrote and scored a three-act ballet. That only lasted about a year.

By the age of 23 he rented a tiny appartment in Studio City, and played in some bands, even a country and western band! Richard called up Steve George again and together they recorded a demo of original music. They sent the tape to various record companies, but none was interested. Until the day they received a phone call from A & R-man Bobby Colomby who offered them to sign a deal with Epic Records. So in 1977 they formed Pages. They released three albums before they disbanded in 1981. Their music was too sophisticated in a time that only disco and heavy rock were popular. Richard and Steve George began songwriting and doing backing vocals for a wide range of artists such as Molly Hatchet, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Amy Grant, Mötley Crüe, Barry Manilow, Twisted Sister, Kenny Loggins, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Sheena Easton, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Carole Bayer Sager, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne and even sung Village People's tunes together with Tom Kelly and Chicago's Bill Champlin. Richard also did a Budweiser commercial.

In the beginning of 1982 Richard and Steve George agreed to go on tour with Andy Gibb as backing vocalists and keyboard players. There the idea rose to create a new band with a new sound. In between Richard had to deal with a cocaine addiction, but managed to kick drugs soon. After the Andy Gibb tourr, they started auditions and finally formed Mr. Mister with ex-Eddie Money guitarist Steve Farris and ex-Shandi drummer Pat Mastelotto. They released albums in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Their second album "Welcome to the real world" was a mega-seller throughout the whole world and delivered two #1-hits. After the disappointing commercial and tour success of the follow-up "Go on..." Steve Farris left the band. A fourth album was finished by the end of 1989 but was never released due to problems with the record company BMG Music. Mr. Mister disbanded Richard took some time off to enjoy his family, do some surfing and mountain biking.

In 1992 he accepted the offer to make an album with renowned producer Patrick Leonard under the name 3rd Matinee. Despites the artistic quality the album didn't sell well. Richard and Pat Leonard ended their collaboration.

By the end of 1995 Richard received a phone call from Amos Newman, asking to write some songs for the new George Benson album. The Blue Thumb Records representative however liked Richard's songs so much he offered a deal for a solo album, which led to the release of "Shelter me" by the end of 1996.

Up till now there are no plans for a second solo album, and Richard is enjoying his life in Malibu, California. His latest projects were contributions to Disney albums "Music from the Park" and "Winnie the Pooh: The Grand Adventure" with Kathy Lee Gifford.

In the beginning of 1999 Richard once more did backing vocals on a Toto album. He sings on four tracks of 'Mindfields'.

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December of 2008 marks the comeback of Rciahrd Page as a singer. Together with Grammy Award-winning writer/producer Walter Afanasieff (Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and many others) he wrote the Christmas song "I always cry at Christmas". They both felt it was very special and decided to produce and release it themselves.

Richard also finally found his way to the internet and launched his own site on http://richardpagemusic.com. He also created his own YouTube weblog onhttp://www.youtube.com/user/richardpagemusic and his MySpace-page on http://www.myspace.com/richardpagemusic.

Source: Biography: Richard Page

Offical Website:  Richard Page - home

 

Richard Page (born May 16, 1953), is an American musician who was the lead singer and bassist of 1980s US band Mr. Mister and is now a songwriter and solo artist.

 

His first major band, Pages, was formed with his childhood friend from Phoenix, Arizona, 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.

As lead vocalist for Mr. Mister, Page scored two consecutive Hot 100 #1's with the singles "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie". Prior to Mr. Mister's breakthrough 1985 #1 album, Welcome to the Real World, he turned down the opportunity to be a lead singer with the groups Chicago and Toto. The position that he turned down with Chicago was accepted by Jason Scheff. Mr. Mister would also release three albums before breaking up on 25 September 1990. A fourth Mr. Mister album, Pull was recorded in 1989, but ultimately never released (BMG Japan cancelled plans to release the album in 2001). However, in December 2008 Richard Page told the internet radio station 957StarFM about plans to release Pull on his new website: "I'm in the process of getting it back from the record company and publish it on the website."

Subsequently he was a member of Third Matinee with Patrick Leonard, before he released his first solo album to date: Shelter Me from the mid 1990s, featuring 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. Based on a recommendation by his friend, songwriter Richard Marx, Ringo Starr approached Richard to join his 11th All-Starr Band and in the summer of 2010 they embarked on a 32 date US tour. Simultaneously, Richard released his second solo album "Peculiar Life" on his own independent "Little Dume" label.

His songwriting clients include Kenny Loggins, Madonna (Golden Globes and Grammy nominated song, "I'll Remember" from With Honors), Josh Groban, Celine 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.

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 and is for sale on iTunes. A video for the song can be found on Youtube. Page gave a 65 minute interview on Inside MusiCast on January 5, 2009.

 

Page has been both a primary band member in various groups, as well as background vocalist for other artists.

Band member

Pages (self-titled) (1978)

Pages - Future Street (1979)

Pages (2nd self-titled) (1981)

Mr. Mister - I Wear the Face (1984)

Mr. Mister - Welcome to the Real World (1985)

Mr. Mister - Go On... (1987)

Mr. Mister - Pull (1990, released November 2, 2010)(www.littledumerecordings.com)

Third Matinee - Meanwhile (1994)

Richard Page - Shelter Me (1996)

Richard Page - Peculiar Life (2010)

Notable 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:

Joe Zawinul's "The Immigrants" - Lead Vocal on Shadow and Light

Joe Zawinul's Faces And Places - Lead vocal on Familiar To Me

DeBarge's "Who's Holding Donna Now" from the album Rhythm Of The Night - background vocals

Sammy Hagar's 1982 album Three Lock Box - background vocals

Bill Champlin's "Satisfaction" (from Runaway, 1981) - background vocals and co-writer

Survivor's 1983 album Caught in the Game - background vocals

Toto's 1984 album Isolation - background vocals

Toto's 1992 song "2 Hearts" - background vocals

Josh Groban's album Closer - background vocals

Carole Bayer Sager's 1981 album Sometimes Late at Night - background vocals

REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity - background vocals

Amy Grant's 1986 single "Stay for Awhile" - background vocals

David Foster - "Who's Gonna Love You Tonight" - vocals

A duet with Rick Springfield on his cover of Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" for The Day After Yesterday.

Backing vocals on Whitesnake's "Now You're Gone" from the album Slip of the Tongue.

A remixed duet with vocals for 2Pac's "Until the End of Time (Remix)" which sampled Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" from the album Until the End of Time.

Toto's "Kingdom of Desire" - background vocals

On a vocal version of "Caravan", a song by Kitaro

Vocals on a remixed version of 2Pac's 2001 single "Until the End of Time".

References

Interview on Inside MusiCast, January 5, 2009

Hunt, Dennis (December 1, 1985). "Mr. Mister's Mr. Party turns Mr. Clean". Los Angeles Times.

Source: Richard Page (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Interview: Interview with Richard Page

 

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Listen: Richard Page - Download Richard Page Music on iTunes

Listen: Amazon.com: Richard Page: Songs, Albums, Pictures, Bios

Listen: Mr. Mister - Download Mr. Mister Music on iTunes

Listen: Amazon.com: Best of: Mr Mister: Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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