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Rick Lloyd is a British composer and musical director best known as a member of the original Flying Pickets who had a Christmas number 1 hit in 1983 with a cover of Yazoo's "Only You". Although the Flying Pickets are known for making a cappella covers of other people's songs, there are some original songs on their 1984 Lost Boys album that were written by Rick Lloyd including the track 'Wide Boy'.

Biography and careerEdit

Lloyd was born in London. In 1967, during his time at Aberystwyth University, he joined the Welsh-language four-piece rock band Y Blew of which he was the lead guitarist.

From 1971-3 he was signed as writer to United Artistes Music (London).

He composed "Dives in Omnia" for the 1987 Channel 4 series Porterhouse Blue, starring David Jason,[1] which led to him becoming the joint winner of the 1987 BAFTA TV Award for Best Original TV Music.[2] He also composed the music for John Burrows' Viva Espana, which won Best Musical at the 1993 London Fringe Awards.

He was musical director for the 1999 film 'Julie and the Cadillacs'.,[3] and was also musical director for recent tours of Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hair.

Other collaborations with John Burrows include the play One Big Blow about a group of miners in a colliery brass band. This was originally performed by John McGrath's 7:84 Theatre Company.

He is currently based in Wales where, as well as composing, recording and performing with his own bands – The Hornettes, The Boogilators and the Ric Lloyd Trio - he teaches courses in songs and songwriting. In addition his company Cleftec specializes in music engraving and music preparation.


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database <> Accessed June 21, 2007
  2. ^ Rick Lloyd - Awards
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database <> Accessed June 21, 2007