Michael Wedgwood’s CV
In the 1970’s, Michael was on tour with bands all over Europe and the US as opening act for names such as Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa and Procul Harem.
With Curved Air he played with musicians who later made a career with, among others, Roxy Music and Jethro Tull.
Michael played with Kiki Dee’s band on Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road tour, and also worked in the studio with Elton as producer.
In the band Caravan he was on several songs which made it onto the English charts.
He was a much sought-after session musician in London, and also arranged and conducted up to 45-piece orchestras in the studio for various artists including John Entwistle (The Who), and Justin Hayward and John Lodge (Moody Blues).
He moved to the US in 1976, and both there, and at home in England, worked in numerous situations as producer, orchestra arranger and conductor, composer and studio musician.
Bass is still his preferred instrument, but he is one of those people who can turn their hand to many different instruments (and he does, when that’s what’s needed in the studio).
Michael has so far released two solo CD’s: Places Like These and Secret Document.
He started The Wedgwood Band in 2008, originally with Eddi Jarl, Lars Schroeder and Esben Hoffer Henriksen.
Later that year Lars and Esben stepped down, and Henrik Skriver and Josef Baumgartner joined. All 6 members are featured on their release ”Journey Through Love”, from which the single ”Stay Right Here With You” got airplay on Danish radio.
The following three singles were also played a fair amount in Denmark.
Now the band is a trio – Michael, Eddi and Henrik, and in 2011 they released ”Thrive” – and ’70’s inspired rock album.
Live in Denmark: Michael plays solo jobs on acoustic guitar, also with Lars Schroeder in the duo The Wedgwood Duo, in the Wedgwood Trio with various combinations of brilliant musicians, depending on the job, in the Skriver Bjarnesen Band, Stan Urban’s band, The Wedgwood Band, and in various other constellations of musician friends and colleagues.
The band who were 6 weeks at number one in England with the Beatles Michelle – before the Beatles album was released!
Bass and vocals. Two singles, These Are Not My People and Unchained Melody.
Bass and backing vocals. On single “On The Dole”; which was a ”Power Play” on Radio Luxembourg for a number of weeks.
Nicky James Band:
Bass guitar, backing vocals, orchestra arranger/conductor on the albums Nicky James, Every Home Should Have One, and Thunderthroat, produced by the Moody Blues.
Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, composer, and sometimes lead vocals on the albums Phantasmagoria, Air Cut, and Lovechild.
Kiki Dee Band:
Bass guitar, congas, backing vocals on the single Hard Luck Story, produced by, and on tour with, Elton John.
John Entwhistle: (the Who)
On the album Mad Dog – arranger/conductor.
Bass guitar, congas, backing vocals, arranger/conductor composer, and sometimes lead vocals on the albums Blind Dog At St. Dunstan’s, Cunning Stunts, Canterbury Tales and Show Of Our Lives.
Michael Wedgwood (solo):
Albums – Places Like These and Secret Document composed all the songs, and played many of the instruments.
Bass guitar and engineer on some of the songs on the albums Harry’s Bar (number 2 on the English chart in 2001) and Shadows On The Wall.