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Richard & The Young Lions

Best known for the chiming fuzz-pop cult classic "Open Up Your Door," garage combo Richard & the Young Lions formed in Newark, NJ. The group's roots date to 1963 and the Emeralds, formed by guitarists Marc Lees and Bob Freedman, bassist Ricky Rackin, keyboardist Jerry Raff, and drummer Norm Cohen. While performing at the local YMHA in 1965, the Emeralds were approached by aspiring singer Howie Tepp -- the teen asked if he could perform a few songs, and was so impressive that he was asked to join full-time, a move resulting in the adoption of the name the Original Kounts. In addition to honing a repertoire of British Invasion hits, the bandmembers also grew out their hair, earning the title of Newark's first longhaired rock act.

A chance encounter with Bob Crewe Productions staff songwriters Ray Bloodworth and Larry Brown resulted in the duo authoring "Open Up Your Door" -- Crewe himself noted the longhaired Tepp's similarity to King Richard the Lionhearted, and recommended the Original Kounts change their name to Richard & the Young Lions. Much to the band's dismay, however, studio musicians were installed to record "Open Up Your Door," with only Tepp's snarling lead vocal surviving the editing process -- issued on the Philips label in July of 1966, the single squeaked into the Billboard Hot 100, but the group felt so betrayed by Crewe's studio bait and switch that on the eve of an appearance on TV's Clay Cole Show, all but Tepp and Freedman announced their resignations. Tepp quickly recruited guitarist Lou Vlahakes, bassist Fred Randall, and drummer Mark "The Twig" Greenberg from fellow Newark band the Orphans to round out a new Richard & the Young Lions lineup.

According to legend, after "Open Up Your Door" reached number one on Detroit radio, Motown approached the group about becoming the label's first white act -- their Philips contract squashed the deal, however, and after swapping Randall for bassist Lawrence Smith, Richard & the Young Lions returned to the studio to cut their second single, "Nasty." Although this visceral garage punker is renowned in some circles as their masterpiece, sales were dismal -- after distribution problems plagued their third and final single, 1967's "You Can Make It," the band dissolved.

Over time the individual members largely lost contact with each other, but in 2000 Vlahakes discovered Tepp's e-mail address while visiting a Richard & the Young Lions website -- a reunion was soon scheduled, and on July 15, 2000, a lineup of Tepp, Vlahakes, Freedman, Randall, Smith, and the Twig convened at the legendary Hoboken club Maxwell's to play their first gig in 34 years. In the months to follow, Richard & the Young Lions continued playing the occasional live date, reportedly working on new material as well -- guitarist Eric Rackin (the cousin of co-founder Ricky Rackin) and keyboardist Shelly Riff rounded out the revitalized group's latter-day roster. Sadly Richard Tepp passed away in June of 2004 just after Richard & the Young Lions had completed work on a new album produced by Steven Van Zandt. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era

Disc 1

1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

2. Dirty Water

3. Night Time

4. Lies

5. Respect

7. No Time Like The Right Time

8. Oh Yeah

10. Moulty

11. Don't Look Back

12. An Invitation To Cry

13. Liar, Liar

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Psychotic Reaction

17. Romeo And Juliet

18. Sugar And Spice

19. Baby Please Don't Go

20. Tobacco Road

21. Let's Talk About Girls

22. Sit Down I Think I Love You

24. My World Fell Down

25. Open My Eyes

26. Farmer John

Disc 2

1. Talk Talk

2. Last Time Around

3. Nobody But Me

4. Journey To Tyme

5. No Friend Of Mine

6. Outside Chance

7. Action Woman

9. Sweet Young Thing

10. Incense And Peppermints

11. I Ain't No Miracle Worker

12. 7 & 7 Is

14. Going All The Way

15. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

16. The Trip

18. Why Do I Cry

19. Laugh, Laugh

21. I Wonder

22. I See The Light

23. Who Do You Love

24. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

25. Live

26. Steppin' Out

28. Strychnine

29. Little Girl

30. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

31. Shape Of Things To Come

Disc 3

1. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

3. At The River's Edge

5. Follow Me

8. She's About A Mover

9. Little Bit O' Soul

10. Put The Clock Back On The Wall

12. Run, Run, Run

13. I Need You

14. Knock, Knock

15. Primitive

16. Psycho

17. So What!!

18. You Must Be A Witch

19. A Question Of Temperature

20. Maid Of Sugar - Maid Of Spice

21. You Ain't Tuff

22. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

23. She's My Baby

24. Story Of My Life

25. I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time

27. Bad Little Woman

28. Double Yellow Line

29. Optical Sound

30. Journey To The Center Of The Mind

Disc 4

1. Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)?

4. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl

5. Wooly Bully

6. I Want Candy

8. One Track Mind

9. Out Of Our Tree

10. I Think I'm Down

13. Johnny Was A Good Boy

14. Stop - Get A Ticket

16. The Witch

17. Get Me To The World On Time

20. Just Like Me

22. I Live In The Springtime

23. Mindrocker

25. Love's Gone Bad

26. Why Pick On Me

27. Bad Girl

30. Blue's Theme

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