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who is Mike Oldfield?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (born 15 May 1953, Reading, Berkshire) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age and more recently dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells, which broke new ground as an instrumental album and launched Virgin Records, and for his 1983 hit single "Moonlight Shadow". He is also well known for his hit rendition of the Christmas piece, "In Dulci JubiloOldfield's parents are Maureen and Raymond Oldfield, a nurse and general practitioner. His sister Sally and brother Terry are successful musicians in their own right and have appeared on several of his albums. Mike Oldfield was born in the Battle Hospital, Reading, Berkshire and he attended St Joseph's Convent School, Highlands Junior School in Tilehurst, St Edward's Preparatory School [1] and Presentation College in Reading. When he was 13 he moved with his parents to Harold Wood where he attended Hornchurch Grammar School. He only stayed there long enough to take one GCE examination, in English, as he had already begun his music career.[1]

    Oldfield and his siblings were raised Roman Catholic, the faith of their Irish mother.[15] In the late 1970s, Oldfield briefly married Diana D'Aubigny (the sister of the Exegesis group leader), but this lasted just a few weeks.

    Mike Oldfield has seven children. In the early 1980s, he had three children with Sally Cooper (Molly, Dougal and Luke). In the late 1980s, he had two children (Greta and Noah) with Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland. In the 2000s, he married Fanny Vandekerckhove (born 1977), whom he met during his time in Ibiza; they have two sons together (Jake and Eugene).[16]

    Oldfield is a motorcycle fan, and has five bikes. These include a BMW R1200GS, a Suzuki GSX-R750, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and a Yamaha R1. He also says that some of his inspiration for composing comes from riding them.[17] Throughout his life Oldfield has also had a passion for aircraft and building model aircraft.[18] He is also a licensed pilot[19] and has flown fixed wing aircraft, the first of which was a Beechcraft Sierra and helicopters including the Agusta Bell 47G which featured on the sleeve of his cover version of the ABBA song "Arrival" as a parody of their album artwork. He is also interested in cars and has owned a Ferrari and a Bentley which was a gift from Richard Branson as an incentive for him to give his first live performance of Tubular Bells.[20] He has endorsed the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the Mercedes UK magazine. Oldfield also considers himself to be a Trekkie (fan of the popular science fiction television series Star Trek).[21] He also noted in an interview in 2008 that he had two boats.[21]

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  • 1 decade ago

    Do correct me, shall I be wrong...but I believe that Mike Oldfield was an ancient wizard who rented a good bit of acres and covered them in tubes and bells. In fact, his name is Mike because he's an incredible rapper.

    Source(s): The Book of the Dead
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think he had an 8-track out in the 70's called Tubular Bells.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    he was this british whiz kid who recorded a bunch of instrumental stuff for Virgin records in the 70's,most notably the "Tubular Bells" LP of 1973, parts of which were used in the highly popular film "The Exorcist". he had other LP's that were huge in Britain ("Ommadawn",for example) but didnt amount to much else career-wise in the U.S.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a composer and mulit musician...........the first album that Virgin records every made was Mike Oldfield...........TUBULAR BELLS..............don't buy the new version, but the old one. awesome.......he played everything on the album

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i was thinking the same as the first answerer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    never heard of him....

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