Nashville, Tennessee, who formed The Richard Law Singers in 1963 and
parlayed his group into radio and television success, singing station IDs
at first for WSM-TV, then making appearances on The Noon Show and The Waking Crew on WSM Radio. In fact, WSM saw fit to send them on
the road for a cerebral palsy telethon in Birmingham, Alabama. His secretary at the time was Sondra
Locke, who went on to become a movie actress. The group expanded into the
advertising and music industry, with Richard often scripting and producing
the commercials himself. They
also performed live with acts such as Gene Pitney and Bobby Vinton. The Richard Law Singers had the
opportunity to record under their own moniker, and the result was
“Billy Sunshine”, an independent record that RCA showed some
passing interest in, but it never took off.
In time, the
singers disbanded and Richard went on to join The Lea Jane Singers,
supplanting Chuck Woolery, who went to a career
in television, hosting Wheel of
Fortune and The Love Connection. The Lea Jane Singers were similar to
Richard’s group, in that they did commercials and sang background
vocals on records, including Jerry Lee Lewis’s #1 hit, “She
Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye”.
Other records on which Richard appeared include Jerry Corbitt’s eponymous album and Gary & Randy
Scruggs’ All the Way Home.
In 1970, the
bass singer and Richard defected to co-found The Sound 70 Singers. They were briefly populated by
Ginger and Mary Holladay, who had already enjoyed some recording success
with The Box Tops. Some of the
artists with whom The Sound 70 Singers performed and recorded include Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Pat Boone, Crystal Gayle, Don
Gibson, Ray Griff, Doug Kershaw, Loretta Lynn,
Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and Webb
Pierce. They also released an
album under their own name on the RCA Camden label.
to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974 to join Imagine Music, a production house that
specialized in music for commercials.
The move opened up more recording studio doors for Richard, who got
to perform with artists such as the Atlanta Rhythm Section, who appeared on
several jingles for Imagine, Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal and Dennis Yost
& The Classics IV.
In time, he
returned to Nashville, and he, along with Kim Morrison and Barbara South,
went on an Australian and European tour with Roy Orbison, which Richard
calls his “best moment”.
They also appeared with Roy at the famed Austin City Limits in a
1982 concert that has since been immortalized on DVD.
still active behind the scenes, singing back-up vocals with U & theLaw,
a group led by Donna Ulisse.
They also co-write songs and have started a company called A
Cappella Concepts, which specializes in jingles, on-hold messages and
ringtones. Their website is