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The Rich

Each version of the rock band, The Rich, featured Richard Del Connor as composer, lyricist, and lead vocalist. Sometimes Richard fronted the band on his 1957 Rickenbacker 4000 bass. Then he fronted the band as a lead singer with no instrument. Then he fronted the band on acoustic guitar. After the Coyote Graveyard rock opera, Richard fronted the band on lead electric guitar until forming the folk rock band, American Zen, in Salt Lake City, in 1992.

The following albums include most of the versions of The Rich between 1977 and 1991.
The Pauper rock opera - The Rich 1977
KPRI LIve Radio Show - The Rich 1978
Village Recorder Sessions - The Rich 1979 - 80 

Live in Venice - The Rich 1979 - 80 

Temptation - Richard O'Connor and The Rich 1984 

Live at Music Machine - The Rich (and Rich Connor) 1984 - 85 

Live at The Batcave - Injun 1986 -87 

Coyote In A Graveyard soundtrack album - The Rich 1985-89 

Live at Madame Wong's - The Rich 1989

Purgatory - The Rich and Coyote Graveyard bands 1989 - 91

In 1974, Richard Del Connor was performing as a blues-rock guitarist in San Diego. When he became a recording engineer, he developed talents on other instruments to record his song demos and to be hired as a session player for radio commercials, publisher demos, mariachi records, country and folk music albums being recorded at Bonita Studios where he worked.

His own bands were originally billed as "LOTUS," but were changed to "THE RICH," in 1977 as a brand of their quality and because the band featured the music of Rich, Richard Del Connor, also known as, "Dickie Dare."

The rock operas, Underground, In Violence, and The Pauper, were billed as, The Rich or advertised without a band name.

Coyote's first album, Temptation, released in 1984 by Shaolin Records, lists the artist on the cover as, "Richard O'Connor" but on the back cover lists the band as, "The Rich."

As many of these studio recordings from 1975 to 1986 are transferred from their analog tape masters to digital, we will offer them here. One of the live show cassette recordings is used on the beginning of the song, "In Line," on the American Zen album, LEVEL 3 = I Want You To Love Me. Richard mixed the live show and the new studio recording together to promote that excitement of a nightclub concert crowd.

Will The Rich return? It's up to Richard Del Connor. For now, here are some rough mixes, rehearsals, and live concert recordings to give a glimpse of what was, The Rich.