Richard Christopher Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, producer, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band 'Yes' across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. He is a current member of 'Yes' which also features Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.
In January 2016, Wakeman performed a piano arrangement of Life on Mars by David Bowie that was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 in the wake of the singer's death. Wakeman had played the piano on the original 1971 recording.[Several days after, a video of the performance received 2 million views online, which sparked the idea for Wakeman to produce a single including the song, a piano arrangement of Bowie's Space Oddity, and Always Together, an original piano composition by Wakeman. He then selected songs that he had played on throughout his career, as well as renditions of classical music pieces and original music. The first list of tracks to record contained 24 songs, which was reduced to a final selection of 15. The single was released in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.