Rick Roberts (musician)

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Rick Roberts
Roberts (second from left) with The Flying Burrito Brothers in Amsterdam, 1970
Background information
Birth name Richard James Roberts
Born (1949-08-31) August 31, 1949 (age 68)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Genres Country rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1971-1992, 2010
Associated acts
Website www.rickrobertsmusic.com

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.[1] 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).[2] The band generated controversy through public confusion in relation to the original Byrds, at times being billed as "The Byrds".[3]

Roberts rejoined his bandmates in Firefall from 1989-1992. He subsequently retired from performing, due to illness.[4] In 2010, he returned to music and released two 4-song-EPs on iTunes and launched his website.


Solo albums[edit]

  • 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[edit]

As a member of Firefall[edit]

As composer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Flying Burrito Brothers Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Mary Lou (May 1985). "The Notorious Byrds Brothers: Backstage at a not-so magical reunion". Fairfield County Advocate. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ Childers, Oakland L. (August 14, 2014). "Seven Years After a Devastating Brain Injury, Legendary Songwriter Rick Roberts is Back". Westword. 

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