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About Mike Oldfield

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield rose to fame on the success of Tubular Bells, an eerie, album-length piece employed to stunning effect in the surprise film hit of 1974, The Exorcist. The 49-minute instrumental topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, eventually selling over 16 million copies. Oldfield's other '70s recordings (Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations) are widely considered prog-rock classics, comprised of sounds ranging from Celtic folk and guitar rock to jazz, spidery funk, and neo-classical. In addition to Tubular Bells, Oldfield's music has been widely used in films. He composed the Golden Globe-nominated score for Roland Joffe's Oscar-winning The Killing Fields in 1984, while selections from his other recordings have been used in feature films, on television programs, and in video game soundtracks.

HOMETOWN
Reading, England
GENRE
Rock
BORN
15 May 1953

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