b. Richard Ten Ryk, 24th November 1943, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
d. 21st July 1993, Cold Spring, New York, U.S.A.
Richard Tee was classically trained for 12 years of his early life, studying at the High School of Music and Art in New York.
After graduation, he was very fortunate to obtain a position at Motown Records as a 'house pianist'.
Here, his first recordings included a session with Marvin Gaye.
As time progressed Richard became a staff arranger at Motown.
He then moved onto the Hammond Organ.
When he returned to New York he continued to work in the studio.
Richard was asked by Grover Washington Jnr and Hank Crawford if he would move to CTI Records.
It was here where he met Bob James, who took him to Tappan Zee Records where he recorded 'Strokin' in 1979.
Richard played on various records with musicians as diverse as Roland Kirk, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker and Herbie Mann.
with steve gadd
In 1976 he played in the funk band Stuff along with other session musicians including Eric Gale, Tony Levin and Steve Gadd.
Richard had first met Eric Gale whilst working with Aretha Franklin during the Seventies.
He was a regular keyboard player with Paul Simon ('50 Ways To Leave Your Lover' and 'Slip Slidin' Away') and toured with him on several occassions, playing live on Simon's 'Rhythm Of The Saints' tour.
one trick pony
Richard also starred (as a player and as an actor) and he sang with Paul on 'Ace In The Hole' on Paul Simon's 'One Trick Pony' in 1980.
He also appears on the DVD re-release of Paul Simon's 'Live At The Tower Theatre'.
This was a filmed performance from the 'One Trick Pony' tour.
Richard worked with many artists including Roberta Flack, Margie Joseph, The O'Jays, Jennifer Holliday, James Brown, Peter Gabriel and Chaka Khan, with whom he recorded her chart hit 'I'm Every Woman'.
Richard Tee died in 1993 from prostate cancer in Cold Spring, New York.
Stuff (Warners Records 1977)
Live In Japan (Warners Records 1979)
Strokin' (Columbia Records 1979)
Natural Ingredients (Columbia Records 1980)
The Bottom Line (King Records 1985)
Real Time (One Voice Records 1995)