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Richard Elliot performing in 2005
|Birth name||Richard Joel Elliot|
January 16, 1960 |
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Associated acts||Tower of Power|
He was a member of the funk band Tower of Power playing tenor sax for 5 years during the 1980s. He also worked on Stacy Lattisaw's 1986 album "Take Me All The Way". His solo career took off when he remade the Percy Sledge classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" (which had also been remade by Michael Bolton). Other well-known songs include "In the Groove", "Take Your Time", "Crush", "Chill Factor", "Corner Pocket", and "Sly", as well as remakes of classic pop songs like "I'm Not in Love" and the Luther Vandross hits "Here and Now" and "Your Secret Love."
Elliot participated with fellow saxophonists Paul Taylor, Gerald Albright and keyboardist Jeff Lorber in the "Grooving for Grover" concert series. The series honored the legacy of the late Grover Washington, Jr., who was a founding father of smooth jazz.
Elliot was known for his zebra-striped tenor saxophone. In 2011, he switched from LA SAX Saxes to Dakota Saxophones, which the owner Peter LaPlaca sold LA for Dakota.
Elliot played several tracks on the Yellowjackets album Mirage a Trois (1983) on the Lyricon, an electronic wind instrument.
- Trolltown (1986)
- Initial Approach (1987)
- Power of Suggestion (1988)
- Take to the Skies (1989)
- What's Inside (1990)
- On the Town (1991)
- Soul Embrace (1993)
- After Dark (1994)
- City Speak (1996)
- Jumpin' Off (1997)
- Chill Factor (1999)
- The Best of Richard Elliot (2000)
- Ballads (2001)
- Crush (2001)
- Ricochet (2003)
- Forever, For Always, For Luther (compilation with various artists) (2004)
- Metro Blue (2005)
- R n R (with Rick Braun) (2007)
- Rock Steady (2009)
- In the Zone (2011)
- Summer Horns - from Dave Koz and Friends (2013)
- Number Ones (2013)
- Lip Service (2014)