was somewhat the mystery man of The Moments because for much of his career
he was fallaciously referred to as Richie Horsley.
one of the original Moments, along with Mark Greene, John Morgan, and Eric Olfus, Sr.
Eric, John and Richard recorded a couple of sides for Hog Records, “Baby
I Want You”, backed with “Pray for Me” and Stang, “Not on the Outside”, backed with “Understanding”. All was not well at Stang, however, because the trio plus Burt Keyes, a composer
and producer, had a royalty dispute with their label bosses, Joe and Sylvia
Robinson. When the Robinsons
didn’t pay up, the threesome jumped ship.
was preparing their departure contracts, she couldn’t remember
Richard’s last name.
Richard frequently answered to the nickname “Richie”, so
she made up the surname “Horsley” in order to expedite the
process. Unfortunately, most of
what is written about The Moments refers to him by the name on these
Crocker, Mark Greene, John and Richard billed themselves as Black Satin and
released “My Confession of Love”, backed with “In Frankie’s
Lonely Room”, in 1969 on the Turbo Label.
Eric, Mark and
Richard inked a deal with Volt, the younger sister of Stax,
there was a legal showdown over the royalties, with the members involved
taking the fight to Rhino Records, who owned the rights to the Moments’
music at the time, and the issue of forged signatures resurfaced. Stay tuned.