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As a solo artist Nikki Richards (not to be confused with the early 90s R&B singer of the same name), aged 18, released his first singles "If I Could Tell The World" and "I Wonder What You're Doing Tonight" on Ember Records in 1978. A third single "Oh Boy!" written by Brian Wade and produced by Alan Winstanley followed in 1979. Nikki Richards then moved to RCA Records for three more singles; "Tokyo Rising", "Factory Girl" and "Hot Love" in 1980.
In 1983 Richards, by then known as Nick Richards, bought the Maison Rouge Recording Studios in London, where he put together the band Boys Don't Cry, remembered for their 1986 hit, "I Wanna Be a Cowboy". Boys Don't Cry re-recorded some of Richards' songs from his solo career.
Richards has been married to his wife, Debbie, since the mid-1980s and they have seven children. The Richards family currently resides in Malibu, California. Richards' eldest children, son James and daughter Teddy-Rae, have joined their father in the newly revived Boys Don't Cry line-up.