b. Richard Vince Di Cicco, 16th January, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Richie Rome is a highly talented arranger and producer.
Born in Philadelphia, Ritchie established himself on the local soul scene during the '60s, one of his early arrangements being a medley of 'Green Apples' and 'Something' for The O'Jays on their Neptune album 'The O'Jays In Philadelphia'.
Earlier, in 1958, Richie released the single 'Bluebirds Of Happiness' b/w 'Leaf Of the Wind', under the name, Richard Rome for the Swan Records imprint.
In the early 70's he put together a group, The Ritchie Family, with three female backing singers he had worked with at Sigma Sound Studios.
He co-wrote 'Giving It Back' for Phill Hurtt (who, in turn, wrote The Ritchie Family's 'Best Disco In Town') and 'Disco Dancing' for the late Stanley Turrentine.
deep - 1980
In 1980, Richie released his only solo album to date, entitled 'Deep', for the Elektra Records imprint.
Richie was, also, the arranger on the Fat Larry's Band album 'Breakin' Out', which contained the tunes 'Act Like You Know' and the chart topper 'Zoom'.
Deep (Elektra Records 1980)