Rick Wills commenced his remarkable career as a bassist with British blues rockers Jokers Wild in 1965 which featured future Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
Among the most sought after recording and touring bassists in the classic rock era who plies his craft with a decidedly rhythm and blues disposition, check out Rick on David Gilmour’s self- titled debut (1978) wherein he utilizes flange and chorus effects and melodic harmonic extensions to augment the guitarist’s best work outside of the Floyd.
Rick was equally brilliant on records of varying chart and artistic success as a member of Foreigner (Head Games, 4, Agent Provocateur, among others), and with Peter Frampton (Frampton’s Camel, Something’s Happenin’) Bryan Ferry (Let’s Stick Together), Roxy Music (Viva Roxy!), Harry Nilsson (Son of Dracula), the reunited Small Faces (Playmates, 78 In the Shade), and Bad Company post Boz and Paul (Company of Strangers, Stories Told & Untold) among many others.
Last time I checked, Rick was still on the bandstand with Faces / Who legend Kenny Jones in “The Jones Gang.”