Mike Oldfield Biography

Mike Oldfield (born Michael Gordon Oldfield, 15 May 1953, Reading, Berkshire, England) is largely known for Tubular Bells, his groundbreaking album from 1973, the success of which also bankrolled Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Records, for which Tubular Bells was the inaugural release. However, his musical career has continued for over three decades encompassing a range of styles, with varying amounts of success. According to the Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock, his style is labeled as Oldfield Progressive.

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Mike Oldfield
Birth Name
Michael Gordon Oldfield
Birth Date
15 May 1953
Birth Place
Reading, Berkshire, England
Guitar, Keyboard instrument|keyboards, percussion instrument|Percussion, Singer|vocals, Bass guitar, drums, piano, Organ (music)|organ, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, tubular bells, chapman stick
Progressive rock, Pop music|pop, Celtic fusion, World music|world, New Age music|new age, Neoclassical (New Age)|Neoclassical, Ambient music|Ambient, classical music|classical, Synthpop, Experimental music|experimental, Minimalist music|minimalist, Neofolk
Musician, Songwriter, Record producer|Producer, Game designer
Years Active
Virgin Records|Virgin (1972–1991)
Warner Music Group|Warner Bros. (1992–2003)
Mercury Records|Mercury (2005–present)
Associated Acts
Maggie Reilly, Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, David Bedford, Anita Hegerland, Pekka Pohjola