Richard Sohl

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Richard Arthur Sohl
Born(1953-05-26)May 26, 1953
OriginQueens, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 1990(1990-06-03) (aged 37)
GenresRock, punk, protopunk
Occupation(s)Pianist, backing vocalist, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, organ, synthesizer
Years active1974–1988
Associated actsPatti Smith, Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen, Elliott Murphy

Richard Arthur Sohl (May 26, 1953 – June 3, 1990) was an American pianist, songwriter and arranger, best known for his work with the Patti Smith Group. He also played with Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen and Elliott Murphy. He died on June 3, 1990 of a heart attack,[1] while vacationing in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, New York.

Sohl was nicknamed "DNV", by Lenny Kaye, who thought that he resembled "Tadzio", the beautiful Polish boy from Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice, played by Björn Andresen. "DNV" is an abbreviation of the movie title.[2]


  1. ^ Talevski, Nick (2010). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857121172.
  2. ^ Lawrence French and Frank Andrick. "Interview with Lenny Kaye March '96". People Have the Power. Retrieved 8 July 2010.

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