conductor, keyboardist and vocalist who was touring professionally by the
time he was 21. An avid bowler,
he won a tournament in Bakersfield, California, and probably could have
gone pro had he not been seduced by music.
He joined The
Jimmy Joyce Singers in the 1960s and appeared on the Smothers
Brothers’ television program for three years. Other artists with whom he
collaborated around this time include Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny
He also did
some film work, singing on the soundtracks of Dr. Doolittle and Marlowe,
and more television, doing a stint on The
Glen Campbell Show and conducting the orchestra on the Pat Paulsen
special, Live at the Icehouse, in
In the 1970s,
he hit the road again, this time with Climax, who had a hit with the song
“Precious and Few”.
Then he landed on Mac Davis’s TV show and continued performing
with him for over a decade.
times, he has formed the band Mimosa and plays live gigs on weekends at the
Jackson Rancheria Hotel in Jackson, California. If you can’t make it there,
Rick has his own CD called I Keep
Going Back to Joe’s: The
Vocal & Piano Stylings of Rick Lipp.