Richard Thompson, OBE

RT, OBE with daughter Kami at the Investiture

Congratulations to Richard Thompson! My favorite musician was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the 2011 Honours List. The honor was bestowed today as part of the Queen’s official birthday celebration.

Richard was recognized for “Services to music.” This well-deserved honor recognizes his singular talent as a singer and songwriter, interpreter of British traditional and folk music, and musical historian.

As a special celebration, here are two of my favorite songs from the opposite ends of his solo career (so far).


With Honour in Hand

The Angels Took My Racehorse Away from 1972’s brilliant if long-overlooked starring as Henry the Human Fly

Let It Blow from 2005’s amazing Front Parlour Ballads


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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