Fish (Derek William Dick) (1958– )
Fish – born Derek William Dick – is a Scottish singer, lyricist, actor and former singer in the progressive-rock band Marillion.
Derek William Dick was born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on 25 April, 1958 to Robert and Isabella Dick who ran a petrol station there. He worked in the petrol station and attended Dalkeith High School. Upon leaving school he worked as a forestry worker from 1976 before leaving to pursue a music career in 1980. He was greatly inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd and Genesis.
In 1981 Dick became front-man for the progressive-rock band Marillion and within a year they had been signed to the EMI record label. In 1982 Marillion released their first single, Market Square Heroes followed by their debut album, Script for a Jester’s Tear in 1983.
In 1985 Marillion released their most commercially successful album, Misplaced Childhood and the song Kayleigh became one of their biggest hits. In 1986 the band released their fourth album, Clutching at Straws. In 1988 Dick left Marillion to pursue a solo career as Fish – a nickname that according to him is the result of his enjoying too much time in the bath tub.
In 1990 Fish released his first solo album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors and has released eight more since then. He has also enjoyed a career as an occasional actor since first appearing in the TV series Zorro in 1991.
Fish currently lives in Haddington and continues to write and perform new music.