Richard Finch (musician)

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Richard Finch
Background information
Birth nameRichard Raymond Finch
Also known asRick Finch
Born (1954-01-23) January 23, 1954 (age 69)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Instrument(s)Bass, drums, percussion
Years active1960s–present

Richard Raymond Finch (born January 23, 1954) is an American songwriter, producer, engineer, and song arranger. He is best known as the co-founder, producer and former bass guitar player of KC and the Sunshine Band. Along with Harry Wayne Casey, he co-wrote six No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits.


Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Finch's family moved to Hialeah, Florida, when he was an infant. At five years old and the second youngest of five children, Finch's father died unexpectedly leaving his mother to raise Finch and his four siblings alone. His favorite group growing up was The Beatles. His musical tastes grew to include soul and country music. In his early teens, Finch got his first electric bass guitar and began to learn country music bass lines. He joined several country bands before joining the band 'Ball & Chain.'[1]

Finch became interested in audio recording techniques while working at an Opa Locka, Florida electronics and record store. A schoolmate introduced him to the singer-songwriter Clarence Reid from TK Records. His high school attendance suffered as he spent every free moment at TK Records and unbeknownst to his mother, he dropped out of high school his sophomore year and shortly thereafter was hired as a part-time recording engineer for the label. Henry Stone, Clarence Reid and Willie Clark (in a comment to SongFacts on an interview conducted with Finch in 2010) introduced Finch to Harry Wayne Casey, three years his senior. Casey was hired to work in the shipping department and act as TK's occasional receptionist.

Prior to his introduction to Casey, Finch had already established himself at TK as a skilled engineer, with numerous singles produced before the age of 17, including various tracks for the Allman Brothers, Mother's Finest.[2] and in 1972, 'Have A Good Time' for recording artist Jack Vino for Steve Alaimo and TK Records on the Bell Records Label.

Within weeks of meeting, the Finch-Casey songwriting collaboration began, with their first hit songs recorded by Betty Wright ("Where is the Love") and George McCrae ("Rock Your Baby"). Finch then assembled the future Sunshine Band members, utilizing his already-established friendships with TK session musicians, guitarist Jerome Smith and drummer Robert Johnson.

The Finch–Casey collaboration produced numerous hits, including "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "Get Down Tonight," "Please Don't Go" and "Boogie Shoes."

Criminal convictions[edit]

On March 23, 2010, Finch was arrested in Newark, Ohio, accused of having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old male. Police stated that during an interview, he admitted to having inappropriate contact with that teen,[3] and other teens aged 13 to 17.

At his bond hearing on April 6, 2010, Finch entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.[4] In December 2010, Finch pleaded "no contest" and was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. He served his sentence in Chillicothe Correctional Institution, a medium-security state prison in Ohio, and was released on March 13, 2017.[5] In April 2019, Finch received a parole infraction notice which modified his post-incarceration sentence and added an additional seven months to his parole, which ended in October 2022.[6]

Intellectual Property Lawsuit[edit]

In October 2021, exercising his right under Federal Law to terminate a prior assignment of his co-created musical compositions, Finch sued Sony Music Publishing to reclaim his fifty percent ownership rights and royalties to the songs he co-wrote with Harry Wayne Casey.[7]

On January 11, 2022, the lawsuit was moved to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

On February 23, 2022, EMI Consortium Songs, Inc. was removed from the complaint, with Harry Wayne Casey (Finch's co-writer) remaining as the sole defendant.

On February 7, 2023, the case was dismissed with prejudice citing a statute of limitations had passed.[8]

On February 22, 2023, an appeal was filed in the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals to challenge the lower court ruling from United States Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres (case #23-10554).

On July 25, 2023, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed the lower court ruling. Should the matter continue in the courts, it could be elevated to the United States Supreme Court.

A Contentious Relationship[edit]

During a 2023 podcast interview, Harry Casey was asked about the duo's individual contributions to their songs. "I did it all," Casey said. "It was just a business that I gave [Finch] credit."[9]

However, all documented history of the Casey/Finch songwriting/business partnership contradicts Casey's recent recollection, to include Casey's own words in his biography, 'That's The Way I Like It - the Harry Wayne Casey Story'. Casey states on page 46 with regard to his working relationship with Finch: "We were good friends and our talents worked very well together. They complimented each other. We were really a great team."

Finch gave a detailed interview in 2008 with Songfacts where he also discusses the workings of the Casey/Finch songwriting partnership and of the events which led up to the now 40 years later copyright termination litigation.

The Casey/Finch partnership also included a publishing company - Harrick Music Inc. - which combined their two names (Harry and Rick) for the name of their corporation.

Henry Stone, TK Records founder and CEO has weighed in numerous times on the Casey/Finch relationship, to include on page 496 of his autobiography and specifically of their penning of George McCrae's hit, Rock Your Baby: "They wrote it, they did the whole thing."

George McCrae stated in a 1976 interview: "They're my writers, KC and Rick."

A search of the United States Copyright Office records also reflects a 50/50 'words and music' relationship between Casey and Finch citing over 150 songs they wrote together.


Finch is a multi-Grammy Award winner with three wins and nine nominations and was nominated in the 2010 first round Grammy ballot as producer. He is the recipient of an American Music Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame having been a part of the KC and the Sunshine Band legacy. In October 2010, Finch became a nominee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


With KC and the Sunshine Band

As songwriter[edit]

Writer: H.W. Casey & R. Finch

  • "You Get Me Hot"[10] (1979) - Jimmy "Bo" Horne
  • "Goin' Home for Love" (1979) - Jimmy "Bo" Horne
  • "I Get Lifted" (1979) - Jimmy "Bo" Horne
  • "Without You" (1979) - Jimmy "Bo" Horne

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Richard Finch Biography". Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  2. ^ "History".
  3. ^ Jarman, Josh (March 24, 2010). "Co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band arrested on sex charges". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Martinez, Edecio (April 7, 2010). "Richard R. Finch: KC and the Sunshine Band Founder Pleads Not Guilty to Sex with Boys". CBS News.
  5. ^ "Offender Search Detail: Richard R Finch". Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Offender Details".
  7. ^ Cooke, Chris (11 October 2021). "Former KC & The Sunshine Band member Richard Finch sues Sony Music Publishing in termination right dispute". Complete Music Update.
  8. ^ "Finch v. EMI Consortium Songs, Inc. et al, No. 1:2022cv20144 - Document 103 (S.D. Fla. 2023)". Justia.
  9. ^ Lefsetz, Bob. "Harry Wayne Casey Interview". The Bob Lefsetz Podcast. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  10. ^ You Get Me Hot Retrieved 8 February 2023

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