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About Paul Richmond

Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter/bassist/performer Paul Richmond has performed and/or recorded with Tyrone Davis, Champaign, the Impressions, and the Five Stairsteps, and contributed guitar on the Independents' 1973 number one R&B/number 21 pop hit "Leaving Me." As a member of Amuzement Park, he's opened for Tina Turner, Boy George and the Culture Club, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Peabo Bryson. The group recorded two albums. Amuzement Park, produced by Dunn Pearson Jr., was released on Our Gang Entertainment in 1982. The LP yielded two charting singles; "Groove Your Blues Away" peaked at number 47 R&B in July 1982 and "Do You Still Love Me" went to number 80 R&B in February 1983. The second album, All Points Bulletin by the Amuzement Park Band was released by Atlantic Records in 1984. The LP was produced by David "Hawk" Wolinski, featured members of Toto, and included one charting single, "No," which went as high as number 62 R&B in September 1984. He has two gold records for his contributions to the Manhattans' After Midnight album, which included the single "Shining Star," one of the first certified platinum singles. It peaked at number four R&B/number five pop around July 1980. Richmond co-wrote the song with producer Leo Graham. The duo also wrote another hit for the Manhattans, "Just One Moment Away," number 19 R&B, July 1981. Richmond also co-penned with Amuzement Park members Darryl Ellis and Ruben Locke Jr. Tyrone Davis' "In the Mood," a number six R&B smash from the 1979 Columbia album of the same name. The song was used as the basis for rapper MC Eiht's gold single "All for the Money" in 1993. Davis' follow-up to "In the Mood" was a song co-authored by Richmond and Ellis, the sensual ballad "Aint Nothin I Can Do," which charted at number 72 R&B in July 1979. "All the Love I Need," another Richmond/Graham song, was an album favorite from In the Mood. More Tyrone Davis hits written or co-written by Paul Richmond were "Be With Me" (number 37 R&B, November 1979) and "Just My Luck" (number 62 R&B, September 1981). The bassist played on tracks for British act Kokomo's self-titled 1982 Columbia album and co-wrote "Keep on Dancin'." He's also produced tracks for Blackstreet's David Hollister, Micheal Avery, Kino, and a few tracks on Davis' album For the Good Times. In October 1994, Paul Richmond collaborated with Raynard Mayfield and veteran Chicago soul producer Carl Davis on tracks for a compilation album for Chicago White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson's production company, Lance Productions. He co-wrote with Mayfield the theme song "Live" for the Jayne Kennedy talk show. In 1998, Richmond began backing saxophonist Ray Silkman and can be heard on his So Saxual album on Silktone Records. He can also be heard on Call Tyrone by Tyrone Davis, an answer record to Erykah Badu's "Tyrone." ~ Ed Hogan