Born in Oxford, Rick was plucked for a band called Gentlemen to join 10cc towards the end of 1976, at the launch of the Deceptive Bends album and has been part of the team ever since.
From 1979, he also toured and recorded with Mike Oldfield and with him co-wrote the song Family Man, which become a worldwide hit for Hall & Oates, and won him an ASCAP award for best song in 1984.
In 1985, Rick wrote and recorded his own album Profiles, with Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason. The single from the album, Lie for a Lie – sung by Dave Gilmour and featuring Maggie Reilly – was a hit in the USA.
Over the years he has toured with artistes such a Rick Wakeman, Jack Bruce, Elkie Brooks and Wax (with Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman), played guitar for Tears for Fears, Robin Gibb and Kim Wilde, and recorded with Justin Haywood, Agnetha (ABBA) Marilyn, Cliff Richard, Peter Green and Sniff and the Tears.
From the late 1980s, Rick devoted more of his time to composing, writing scores for TV documentaries, films, dramas and comedies (including series for Hale and Pace and Craig Charles), and feature films such as White of the Eye (1987), which was another collaboration with Nick Mason.
One soundtrack that won him a Gold Clio award in America in 1989 for Best Song, featured Peter Howarth on vocals. He went on to form a writing partnership with Pete, now lead singer with the Hollies, and in 1990 they wrote rock opera Robin, Prince of Sherwood, which toured the UK and spent four months in London’s West End.
When not working with 10cc, Rick spends most of his time at his home in Byron Bay, Australia, where he has also been working and touring with local legend Brian Cadd.