Richard Page is known for being the lead singer, bassist, and songwriter for Mr. Mister, famous for the hit single “Broken Wings.” Now living in Malibu with his wife and four children, Page has played with a variety of well-known musicians and written an impressive list of award winning and bestselling songs for artists like Kenny Loggins, Madonna, and Josh Groban.
Page was born in Iowa into a family of musicians, with a father who was a choral director and a mother who was an skilled organist and pianist. Relocating to Montgomery, Alabama, and later to Phoenix, Arizona, Page and his siblings learned to sing harmonies in church choirs under his parents’ instruction. After moving to Phoenix, Richard began to learn guitar and started performing in bands that covered popular tunes of the day.
After moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s, Richard started his first serious band, Pages, with his childhood friend, Steve George. Influenced by sounds as diverse as jazz and the tight vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys, the band got attention from industry professionals for their musical skill. Page and his band mates were invited to play in sessions with everyone from Mötley Crüe to Burt Bacharach.
From Pages, Richard and Steve George formed Mr. Mister along with Steve Farris and Pat Mastelotto. The band finally broke out with their second album Welcome to the Real World that had two number one hits: “Broken Wings” and “Kyrie.” The band toured with acts like The Bangles and Tina Turner and were nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1986.
Welcome to the Real World marked Mr. Mister’s peak, and Page moved on to working on his solo career and raising his growing family. He collaborated with Patrick Leonard for the project Third Matinee, and continued to write songs for a range of recording artists. His solo albums include, among others, Shelter Me, Pull, and Peculiar Life, which feature performances from his Mr. Mister band mates and other collaborators.
Since 2010, Page has been playing bass and singing with Ringo Starr in Ringo’s All-Starr Band. He continues to tour with the All-Starr Band and write new songs of his own.
- 1978: Pages (self-titled)
- 1979: Future Street
- 1981: Pages (2nd self-titled)
- 1985: I Wear the Face
- 1985: Welcome to the Real World
- 1987: Go On…
- 2010: Pull
- 1994: Meanwhile
- 1996: Shelter Me
- 2010: Peculiar Life
- 2011: Solo Acoustic (live DVD/CD)
- 2012: Songs from the Sketchbook
- 2015: Goin’ South
Notable album appearances
Page performed backing vocals on Peter Allen’s 1980 album Bi-Coastal as well as on Barbra Streisand’s 1985 recording of “I Know Him So Well” for The Broadway Album. He also performed a duet with Cher, “One Small Step”, as well as backing vocals on her 1991 album Love Hurts.
Other appearances include:
- 1979: Keep The Fire – Kenny Loggins (background vocals)
- 1980: Hi Infidelity – REO Speedwagon (background vocals)
- 1981: Runaway – Bill Champlin; on “Satisfaction” (background vocals)
- 1981: Breakin’ Away – Al Jarreau (background vocals)
- 1981: Sometimes Late at Night – Carole Bayer Sager (background vocals)
- 1982: Jon Stevens’ eponymous album (background vocals)
- 1982: Three Lock Box – Sammy Hagar (background vocals)
- 1983: Caught in the Game – Survivor (background vocals)
- 1983: Shout at the Devil – Mötley Crüe (background vocals)
- 1983: “A Christmas Album” – Amy Grant (background vocals)
- 1984: Isolation – Toto (background vocals)
- 1984: Stay Hungry – Twisted Sister (background vocals)
- 1984: “High Crime” – Al Jarreau (background vocals)
- 1985: Vox Humana – Kenny Loggins (background vocals and accompanying vocals)
- 1985: Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge; on “Who’s Holding Donna Now” (background vocals)
- 1986: The Collection – Amy Grant; on “Stay for Awhile” (background vocals)
- 1986: David Foster – David Foster; on”Who’s Gonna Love You Tonight”
- 1988: Back to Avalon – Kenny Loggins (background vocals)
- 1989: Slip of the Tongue – Whitesnake; on “Now You’re Gone” (background vocals)
- 1990: Conserve our world – Marc Jordan (background vocals)
- 1992: Kingdom of Desire – Toto; on “2 Hearts” and “Kingdom of Desire”(background vocals)
- 1999: Mindfields – Toto; on “Mindfields” (background vocals)
- 2002: Familiar To Me – Joe Zawinul; lead vocal on “Faces And Places”
- 2002: Shadow and Light – Joe Zawinul; lead vocal on “The Immigrants”
- 2003: Closer – Josh Groban (background vocals)
- 2005: The Day After Yesterday; duet with Rick Springfield on his cover of “Broken Wings”