||Michael Gordon Oldfield is born in Reading, England on May 15, 1953. His father,
Raymond, a doctor of the British Army, teaches him a few notes on the guitar. His brother
Terry and his sister Sally will became musicians too.
||Mike watches Bert Weedon on TV and that makes him want to be a musician
asking his father to buy him a guitar.
begins to compose instrumental pieces on the acoustic guitar. He also goes to school and
plays in local folk clubs as a teenager. He gets involved with electronic music playing
instrumental pieces of The Shadows in an amateur beat group called White
Oldfield family moves to Romford in Essex.
lefts school and with his sister Sally forms Sallyangie, a folk voice and guitar duo.
Sallyangie name is the sum of his sister name and the name of Mike's
favourite guitar tune 'Angie' as performed by Bert Jansch.
is signed up by the Transatlantic record label and the duo releases the album Children Of The Sun.
||Sallyangie cames to end. Mike forms a short-live group called
Barefeet with his
joines as bass player with Kevin
Ayers & the Whole Band with David Bedford on keyboards.
Whole Band releases their first album Shooting At The Moon<.
becames the lead guitarist of the group by the time of the second, and
final, Whole World's album Whatevershebringswesing and
encouraged by classically-trained David Bedford
he begins to write the musical ideas that were to
result in Tubular Bells which he
tapes and sets off around the music industry.
plays the guitar on the house band of the London production Hair and the bass
with a band lead by soul singer Arthur Lewis. The recording takes place
at The Manor studio owned by Richard Branson, who was running
Virgin, a sucessful record shop chain.