Richard Tee

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Richard Tee
Richard Tee.jpg
Tee in 1990.
Background information
Birth name Richard Ten Ryk
Born (1943-11-24)November 24, 1943
Origin Brooklyn, New York
United States
Died July 21, 1993(1993-07-21) (aged 49)
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, Fender Rhodes electric Piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, synthesizer, vocals
Years active 1967–1993
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Paul Simon, Hank Crawford, George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Cornell Dupree, Stuff, Steve Gadd, Jackie DeShannon, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Peter Gabriel, Aretha Franklin, Wilbert Longmire, Mariah Carey, Tom Scott
Website richardtee.com

Richard Tee (November 24, 1943 - July 21, 1993) was a pianist, studio musician, singer and arranger.

Biography[edit]

Tee graduated from The High School of Music & Art in New York City and attended the Manhattan School of Music.[1] Though better known as a studio and session musician,[2] Tee led a jazz ensemble, the Richard Tee Committee, and was a founding member of the band Stuff. In 1981 he played the piano and keyboard for Simon and Garfunkel's Concert In Central Park.

Tee played with a diverse range of artists during his career, such as Paul Simon, Carly Simon, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Peter Allen, George Harrison, Diana Ross, Duane Allman, Quincy Jones, Bill Withers, Art Garfunkel, Nina Simone, Juice Newton, Billy Joel, Etta James, Grover Washington, Jr., Eric Clapton, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, David Ruffin, Lou Rawls, Ron Carter, Peter Gabriel, George Benson, Joe Cocker, Chuck Mangione, Tim Finn, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, Phoebe Snow, Doc Severinson, Leo Sayer, Herbie Mann and countless others. He also contributed to numerous gold and platinum albums during his long career and formed a band with famous drummer Steve Gadd called Stuff.

Tee was born and spent most of his life in Brooklyn, New York, living with his mother in a brownstone apartment building. After a 16-year relationship with Eleana Steinberg Tee of Greenwich, Connecticut, the couple was married in Woodstock, New York, by New York State Supreme Court Justice Bruce Wright. The couple moved to the Chelsea Hotel in 1988, and later to Cold Spring, New York.[3]

Tee died of prostate cancer on July 21, 1993 in Cold Spring, New York.[4] He is buried in the Artist Cemetery in Woodstock, New York.[5]

Equipment[edit]

Tee used a diverse range of keyboards during his recording and touring career, notably the Hammond organ, piano, Hohner clavinet and synthesizers. His trademark sound, however, was his unique method of playing a Fender Rhodes electric piano and feeding the signal through a phase shifter.

Discography[edit]

Richard Tee - solo[edit]

  • Strokin' (Columbia-Tappan Zee 1979)
  • Natural Ingredients (Columbia-Tappan Zee 1980)
  • The Best of Richard Tee (Columbia-Tappan Zee 1981)
  • Contemporary Piano (DCI 1982)
  • The Bottom Line (King Records 1985)
  • Inside You (Columbia 1989)
  • Real Time (One Voice 1992)
  • Bottom Line 2003

with Hank Crawford[edit]

  • Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul (1969)
  • Help Me make It Through the Night (1972)
  • We Got a Good Thing Goin' (1972)
  • Wildflower (1973)

with George Benson[edit]

with Grover Washington, Jr.[edit]

  • Inner City Blues (1971)
  • All the King's Horses (1972)
  • Soul Box/Vol. 2 (1973)
  • Feels So Good (1975)
  • Winelight (1980)
  • Skylarkin' (1980)
  • Come Morning (1981)
  • The Best Is Yet to Come (1982)
  • In Concert (1982)
  • Inside Moves (1984)

with Cornell Dupree[edit]

  • Teasin' (1974)
  • Coast to Coast (1988)
  • Can't Get Through (1991)
  • Child's Play (1992)
  • Uncle Funky (1992)

with Stuff[edit]

  • Stuff (1976)
  • More Stuff (1977)
  • Stuff It (1978)
  • Live Stuff (1978)
  • Live In New York (1980)
  • East (1981)
  • Best Stuff (1981)
  • Stuff Live In Montreux (2008) DVD/CD
  • Right Stuff (1996) Stuff Collection.

with Steve Gadd/ the Gadd Gang[edit]

  • Gadd About (1984)
  • The Gadd Gang (1986)
  • Here & Now (1988)
  • Live at Bottom Line (1988)
  • Gadd Gang (1991)

with various artists[edit]

References[edit]

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