R.I.P. RICHIE ROME (Richard V. Di Cicco) *January 16, 1930 – † December 15, 2020
Announcement from his daughter Linda Di Cicco Patitucci, December 15, 2020:
"It is with great sadness that I have to tell you dad, my father Mr. Richie Rome, passed this morning. He will surely be missed.
I am sad to say that today I have lost my father Richard, this amazing man who is the music in my life. He has struggled the last year and now he can be a peace.
He is a brilliant pianist, arranger composer and his music is known all over the world such an accomplishment.
Get ready to give the best concert of your life.
We will miss you. Love you Dad ".
THE RICHIE ROME BIOGRAPHY:
by Hans R. de Vries
THE BEGINNING: THE SIXTIES:
Richie Rome is born Born in Philadelphia as Richard V. Di Cicco.
Richie Rome was a highly talented composer, producer, arranger and orchestra conductor.
One of his first publications is the 1958 7" Single "Bluebirds Of Happiness / Leaf Of the Wind" as Richard Rome for Swan Records.
Richie established himself on the local soul scene during the'60s, one of his early arrangements being a medley of 'Green Apples' and 'Something' for The O'Jays on their Neptune album The O'Jays In Philadelphia.
Rome arranged during the sixties for a.o. : Irma Thomas, The Lovin' Spoonfull, The Showmen, The Vibrations, The Tymes, The Soul Survivors, Brenda & The Tabulations, Little Jerry Williams and Peaches & Herb
THE RITCHIE FAMILY: THE "DISCO" SEVENTIES:
In collaboration with producers Jacques Morali & Henri Belolo, he established the disco recording group The Ritchie Family in 1975, with three session singers (later known as The Sweethearts Of Sigma: Carla Benson, Evette Benton & the late Barbara Ingram) he had worked with at Sigma Sound Studios.
In 1976 The Ritchie Family were givin' faces through: Cheryl Mason-Jacks (now Mason-Dorman), the late Gwendolyn Oliver (later Wesley) (1949 – 2020) & Cassandra Ann Wooten. Rome worked on 3 Ritchie Family albums (Brazil (1975), Arabian Nights which incl. the million seller "The Best Disco In Town" (1976) & Life Is Music (1977).
Rome's signature style is marked by lush orchestrations, interweaving multidimensional horns and strings to accentuate the sensuality of the compositions.
Other Philly and soul names he worked with during the seventies were a.o. The Three Degrees, Jimmy Ruffin, Carl Carlton, Lou Rawls, Jean Carn, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Mason, Bunny Sigler, Phyllis Hyman and The Sweet Inspirations.
He collaborated a lot with composer Phil Hurtt, who provided a lot of lyrics to Rome's music.
Rome was also involved in Phil Hurtt's solo album in 1978 entitled Giving It Back.
THE EIGHTIES: "DEEP":
During the eighties he released two solo albums (Deep and African Suite).
Also at Sigma he arranged "Nights Over Egypt" for The Jones Girls
Richie was, also, the arranger on the Fat Larry's Band album Breakin' Out, which contained the tunes "Act Like You Know" and the chart topper "Zoom" in 1982.
Arranged the Hi NRG Remake of Cabaret's "Maybe This Time" for Norma Lewis also in 1983.
THE NINETIES & NOW YEARS: ROSIE CARLINO:
During the nineties and the years 2000 he didn't slow down, but continued to arrange , produce and conduct for entertainers like Mike Douglas, Jane Oliver and Rosie Carlino, with her he made 2 American Songbook albums in 2004 (So Much In Love With You) and 2007 (What Matters The Most).
In 2009 a House composition pops up which features Rome as a co-composer called "Needin U" by The Face vs. Mark Brown & Adam Shaw.
In 2011 Mr. Richard Rome was more than 50 years active as an arranger, producer, conductor, musician and composer.
In his later years he lived next door to his daughter Linda Di Cicco Patitucci, who took with loving care of him.
On January 16, 2020 he celebrated his 90th Birthday in the presence of his family.
His health was fragile then.
After a long life filled with the passion for music he passed away on December 15, 2020 a month before his 91th birthday due to Covid-19.
He is survived by various children and grandchildren.
Thank you Maestro for all the beautiful music, arrangements, compositions and productions you created.
R.I.P. dear Mr. Richie Rome.