Rick Wakeman has paid tribute to Welsh singer and guitarist Gary Pickford-Hopkins, who has died after a brave battle against cancer aged 65.
He was one of the vocalists on two of former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman’s most successful solo albums, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable.
Speaking about Pickford-Hopkins who died on Saturday, Wakeman said: “He was part of the British music scene most of his life including stints with Wild Turkey (formed by Glenn Cornick, previously of Jethro Tull).
“Gary was one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet. We had so much fun both in the studio and on the road.
“I first saw Gary when he was singing for Wild Turkey and earmarked him then to work on Journey and he went on to sing on King Arthur as well.
“From that time we have now lost David Measham (conductor) , David Hemmings (narrator) and now Gary.
“I wish Gary all the peace that there is to offer him after his long battle with cancer and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
“His name will appear as a dedication alongside the two Davids when the official release of the full length studio version of Journey is released later this year.”