Richard Thompson (born 3 April, 1949) is an English musician, best known for his guitar playing and songwriting.
< Image with unknown copyright status removed: 175px|thumb|Richard Thompson --> As a guitarist Thompson is notable for the breadth of his influences â€” which range from Buddy Holly and James Burton via Les Paul and Django Reinhardt to less likely influences such as pipe player Billy Pigg â€” and for his penchant for improvising rather than relying on worked out solos for each song.
Over a long career (he first recorded in 1967 as a member of Fairport Convention), Thompson has received much acclaim from his peers and has consistently been well-regarded by critics. While he has never become a 'household name' - even his best-known albums have enjoyed only limited commercial success - he has earned a reputation as a skilled and compelling live performer and a consistently vital recording artist. In August 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Thompson as #19 on its list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He continues to write and record new material and plays many live shows each year.
|Born||April 3, 1949|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist|