Rick Roberts (musician)
Roberts (second from left) with The Flying Burrito Brothers in Amsterdam, 1970
|Birth name||Richard James Roberts|
August 31, 1949 |
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
|Years active||1971-1992, 2010|
Richard James "Rick" Roberts (born August 31, 1949) is a country rock and soft rock singer-songwriter who recorded with many influential artists over several genres. He is best known as a founding member and lead singer of Firefall from 1974 to 1981, as well as his work with The Flying Burrito Brothers on their 1971 self-titled album. He also recorded two solo albums, Windmills in 1972 and She Is a Song in 1973.
In 1985, Roberts was a member of "A 20th Anniversary Tribute to The Byrds", a band co-founded by ex-Byrds Gene Clark and Michael Clarke. The group also included former members of The Band, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, as well as Blondie Chaplin and John York (who originally was Chris Hillman's replacement in The Byrds). The band generated controversy through public confusion in relation to the original Byrds, at times being billed as "The Byrds".
Roberts rejoined his bandmates in Firefall from 1989-1992. He subsequently retired from performing, due to illness. In 2010, he returned to music and released two 4-song-EPs on iTunes and launched his website.
- 1972: Windmills (A&M)
- 1973: She Is A Song (A&M)
- 1972: "Deliver Me (Mono)" / "Deliver Me (Stereo)" (A&M)
- 1979: The Best of Rick Roberts (A&M)
- 2009: Windmills / She Is A Song (BGO) - UK release
As a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers
- 1971: The Flying Burrito Bros (A&M)
- 1971: Devils in Disguise: 1971 Live Radio Broadcast (Smokin' / Let Them Eat Vinyl) - released in 2012
- 1972: Last of the Red Hot Burritos (A&M)
- 1973: Live In Amsterdam (Ariola)
- 1976: Firefall (Atlantic)
- 1977: Luna Sea (Atlantic)
- 1978: Élan (Atlantic)
- 1978: Undertow (Atlantic)
- 1980: Clouds Across the Sun (Atlantic)
- 1976: Linda Ronstadt - Don't Cry Now (Asylum) - track 7, "Colorado"
- 1977, Chris Hillman - Clear Sailin' (Asylum) - track 10, "Clear Sailin'" (co-written with Chris Hillman and Richard Marx)
- 1977: New Grass Revival - When the Storm Is Over (Flying Fish) - track 1, "Four Days Of Rain"
- 1978: The Dirt Band – The Dirt Band (United Artists) - track 4, "Lights"
- 1979: The Dirt Band - An American Dream (United Artists) - track 2, "In Her Eyes"
- 1979: McGuinn, Clark & Hillman - McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (Capitol) - track 1, "Long Long Time" (co-written with Chris Hillman)
- 1996: Barry Manilow - Summer of '78 (Arista) - track 12, "Just Remember I Love You"
- 2000: Jill Jack - Watch Over Me (Drum Dancer)- track 10, "Colorado"
- 2002: Beki Hemingway - Words for Loss for Words (Salt Lady) - track 8, "Just Remember I Love You"
- 2004: Curtis Burch - Burchland (Bowling Green Chamber) - track 5, "Four Days of Rain"
- 2008: Shawna Russell - Goddess (Way Out West) - track 5, "Strange Way"
- 2009: John Cowan - Telluride Live (Entertainment One) - track 6, "Four Days of Rain"
- 2014: John Cowan - Sixty (Compass) - track 2, "Why Are You Crying"
Also appears on
- 1970: Bob Gibson - Bob Gibson (Capitol) - vocals
- 1975: Stephen Stills - Stills (Columbia) - vocals
- 1976: Robbin Thompson - Robbin Thompson (Nemperor) - backing vocals
- 1976: Chris Hillman - Slippin' Away (Asylum) - vocals
- 1977: Wild Oats - Wild Oats (Clouds) - vocals
- 1980: Robbin Thompson - (Two "b's" Please) (Ovation) - backing vocals
- Roberts, Rick (2014). Song Stories and Other Left-Handed Recollections. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1500622046.
- Roberts, Rick (2015). Lame Brain: My Journey Back to Real Life. Mount James Publishing. ISBN 978-0996414425.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Flying Burrito Brothers Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Sullivan, Mary Lou (May 1985). "The Notorious Byrds Brothers: Backstage at a not-so magical reunion". Fairfield County Advocate.
- "Byrds v. Byrds: The 20th Anniversary Tribute To The Byrds 1984 - 1988". ByrdWatcher: A Field Guide to the Byrds of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Childers, Oakland L. (August 14, 2014). "Seven Years After a Devastating Brain Injury, Legendary Songwriter Rick Roberts is Back". Westword.