Anyone who has studied percussion in a formal program may know Emil Richards. Think of every time you cracked open a “Hal Leanord” music book for mallets.
Emil was one of the greats and if you have lived and have been around music in most of the past century you have been influenced and affected by this talented musical performer, collector, and educator.
Emil is credited as the “finger snap” in the original Adams Family TV show. He has had his own projects and his collaborated works range from Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa and Michael Buble’.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
His daughter announced last week on Facebook:
“My dad had a saying, ‘As in music, as in life,” she wrote. “He lived and loved as he played: fully, deeply, with endless creativity, humor, discipline and spirituality. He never missed a beat. As Emil would say, ‘Good Vibes!'”
From Wiki Pedia
Emil Richards born Emilio Joseph Radocchia (September 2, 1932 – December 13, 2019) was an American vibraphonist and percussionist.
Richards, Emil (2009). Mallet Chord Studies – Chord Voicings and Arpeggio Patterns for Vibraphone and Marimba. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1423469919.
Richards, Emil (2009). Sight Reading for Mallets. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1423469902.
Richards, Emil (2009). Melody & Rhythm Permutations. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1423469926.
Richards, Emil (2009). Exercises for Mallet Instruments. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1423469896.
Richards, Emil (2013). Wonderful World of Percussion: My Life Behind Bars. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593932657.