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Richard Gottehrer (born 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American songwriter, record producer and record label executive. In 1997, he co-founded The Orchard, an independent music and video distribution company, with long-time partner Scott Cohen.
His career began as a Brill Building songwriter in the 1960s. His first number 1 record as a songwriter and producer was "My Boyfriend's Back" followed by other hits like “Hang On Sloopy” and "I Want Candy," eventually leading to the formation of Sire Records in 1966 with Seymour Stein. His career continued as producer for acts such as Blondie, The Go-Go's, Dr. Feelgood, Richard Hell, and the path eventually led him to Orchard Street in 1997.
Richard Gottehrer graduated from Taft High School. He pursued a B.A. in History at Adelphi University, and spent one year at Brooklyn Law School before leaving to pursue a career in the music industry.
Gottehrer came to prominence as a songwriter in the 1960s with his most notable songs being "My Boyfriend's Back" and "I Want Candy". As Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer (FGG Productions), he wrote various songs including "Sorrow" with Jerry Goldstein and Bob Feldman. The three were also known as The Strangeloves.
By the 1970s, he had progressed to record production, and was responsible for the debut albums by Blondie and The Go-Go's. Among the other artists produced by Gottehrer were Marshall Crenshaw, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Joan Armatrading, The Fleshtones, The Bongos, Richard Barone, Mental As Anything, Robert Gordon, Link Wray and Dr. Feelgood.
In 2010, he produced the Dum Dum Girls' debut full-length album I Will Be, and continues producing them to this day.
- The Orchard
- WFMU in-depth interview by Michael Shelley
- Interview, HitQuarters Nov 2000
- Shallow Rewards No. 18 The Real McCoy: On Richard Gottehrer
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