Richard Perry

Richard Perry was the most renowned producer in the field of popular music during the 1970s -- his mere involvement with a recording project was enough to engender a mention in the music trade papers and even the popular music press, and the array of gold- and platinum-selling albums with which he was associated made his name synonymous with success. Perry was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1942, and developed an interest in rock music as a teenager that led him to perform with several local groups during the late '50s and early '60s, among them the Legends and later the Escorts; the latter outfit subsequently came to include Goldie (aka Goldie Zelkowitz), later of Goldie & the Gingerbreads (and even later known as Genya Ravan) as their lead singer. Perry attended the University of Michigan and, after returning to New York, began working as a songwriter in partnership with Kenny Vance, of Jay & the Americans. During 1965, he became associated with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller when he went to work for George Goldner's Red Bird Records. Though the label didn't last too much longer than that, Perry found his niche in music as a producer growing out of his experience there.