Among the top session/touring sidemen of the late 1960s and 70s, Billy Rich brought his rich knowledge of blues, soul, funk, gospel, and jazz to several notable artists including Taj Mahal, John McLaughlin, The Buddy Miles Express (with Jimi Hendrix), Geoff Muldaur, Seals & Crofts, Jesse Ed Davis, and Paul Butterfield, to cite a few.
An Omaha native inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2004, Rich was offered the bass chair in Jimi’s Band of Gypsys by producer Alan Douglas but declined. Billy’s composition “69 Freedom Special” as recorded by Les Paul & Friends, won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 2005.
Rich remains active on the bandstand and recording studio – check out all things Billy Rich at http://www.billrichmusic.com/
Billy Rich Sound & Vision:
Geoff Muldaur “Chevrolet / Alice” https://youtu.be/wEkoKntwRV0
Buddy Miles “Freedom Special” https://youtu.be/0L5ZG96b-xg
John McLaughlin “Marbles” https://youtu.be/l0wnc-eBRbg
Taj Mahal “Johnny Too Bad” https://youtu.be/l0wnc-eBRbg
Paul Butterfield “New Walkin’ Blues” https://youtu.be/SV-aqZXlhDI
Les Paul & Friends “69 Freedom Special” https://youtu.be/cTC0acyGpMg
Bill Rich “Can You Pheel It” https://youtu.be/vO-ui58SwYg