rich hirsch instrumentalityBorn: June 8, 1946, Atlanta, GA

Lived in Mobile, Alabama

A musician/composer and BMI songwriter, In 1969, he helped found the Seventies rock and roll band eventually known as WET WILLIE. In 1976, Ricky worked with Gregg Allman and Cher on their duo album. He has worked with Cher, Bonnie Bramlett, Joan Armatrading, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Natalie Cole, Henry Mancini, Marilyn McCoo, John Denver, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, The Righteous Brothers, Stephen Stills and Billy Vera. He has written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Alabama, Cher and Tina Turner. He has worked on television shows such as "The Tonight Show," "American Bandstand," "Family Ties," and "Days of Our Lives."

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Rick Hirsch, a guitarist from Los Angeles, California with roots in the deep south, Alabama and Georgia, began his career touring, playing guitar and writing music for the Southern Rock group, Wet Willie during the late Sixties thru the mid Seventies. He relocated to California in 1977 where he has done extensive studio work and toured and/or recorded with many artists, among them Gregg Allman, Cher, Joan Armatrading, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Bonnie Bramlett. He has performed and recorded with Billy and the Beaters, a local L.A. group, since 1982. In addition, he has composed for various television programs including NBC Sports, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, ABC's late night talk show Rick Dees' Into The Night, The Leeza Gibbons Show (NBC) and music for several Olympic Games broadcasts.

Source: CD Baby

1982-present: Ricky decides he has seen enough of the world via the tour bus and focuses once again on staying in one place (and one piece) and pursuing his own music. Thus evolved what is now his personal studio, IN SYNC, where he composes and records for various projects. His TV credits include NBC Sports, the Leeza Gibbons Show, ABC Sports, ESPN, and CNBC among others. Having been the guitarist with the house band on the ill-fated Rick Dees late night talk show, Into the Night (ABC), he played guitar behind dozens of musical guests who appeared. He is also still active as a song writer, and artists who have recorded his songs include Alabama, Tina Turner, Cher, and Bonnie Raitt. He plays in the L.A. area monthly with singer-songwriter and R&B maven, Billy Vera and his group, the BEATERS......see Billy Vera's Homepage for gig dates.

Source: Official Website

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