|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco|
|Tags:||cajun zydeco louisiana new orleans world music|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs lyrics official homepage other databases purchase for download VIAF wikidata|
8 September 1950, Scott, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Born into the musical atmosphere of a Cajun community, Richard took piano lessons from the age of eight and also sang in church and in the local Bishops Boys Choir. As he grew up he took an interest in rock n roll, being particular impressed by the Rolling Stones, the Byrds and Simon And Garfunkel. Later, his musical preferences moved on to R&B, the blues and soul, and artists such as Ray Charles, James Cotton, Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters. From his early teens Richard sang in bands, including one led by Michael Doucet. Richard and Doucet also played together in the Bayou Drifter Band. After studying history at Tulane University he went to law school but then moved to New York City where he turned to a career in music. He recorded for Elektra Records but the material was unheard for several years before its 2004 release by Rhino Records.
In the mid-70s, Richard...