The Rich Kids

The Rich Kids (RCA3655, 1966) featuring Denny Belline and Richard Supa, were another huge favorite. In 1968, The Rich Kids were involved in a notorious drug bust when S.W.A.T. teams descended on The Barge and caught them with 1/4 oz. of pot. Their concert attendence subsequently boomed.

These photos (courtesy of Richie Cardenis) were taken at The Barge in 1967. Mike Maniscalco of The Illusion allowed The Rich Kids to use his drum kit.

This group evolved into Man (Columbia 9803, 1969) with the inclusion of Richie Cardenis and Tony Machine. Supa and Belline went on to solo careers and Machine became a regular in Buster Poindexter's Banshees of Blue.
 

 

Richard “Richie” Supa (born Richard Goodman in Massapequa, New York) is an American songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with Aerosmith and Richie Sambora.

Richard Supa released several albums under his own name, including “Supa’s Jamboree” (1971, Paramount 6009), “Homespun” (197?), “Lifelines” (1976, Epic PE34277) and “Tall Tales” (1978, Polydor PD-1-6155). Richard’s song “Stone County Wanted Man”, which appeared on the “Supa’s Jamboree” album, was recorded by Johnny Winter for his “Saints and Sinners” album.

A longtime friend of Aerosmith, he has made a number of musical contributions to the band and has offered moral support. He temporarily replaced Joe Perry when he left the band in 1979 until a replacement was found. Additionally, he helped co-write several songs, including the hits “Chip Away the Stone” (1978), “Lightning Strikes” (1982), “Amazing” (1993), and “Pink” (1997), among others.

Supa co-wrote most of the songs on Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora’s second solo album Undiscovered Soul. He also wrote the song “Misery” for the album Missundaztood by Pink, on which Aerosmith’s singer Steve Tyler and Richie Sambora collaborated and co-wrote the song “My Interpretation” from Mika‘s debut album Life in Cartoon Motion. He also co wrote Back on Earth for OZZY

Richie’s career was launched via the legendary Long Island Band “The Rich Kids” who were signed by Clive Davis to Columbia Records. Richie also went on to a career on Broadway where he had the lead role in the hit musical “HAIR”. He became a household name in the Northeast which helped to launch his now 30+ year career.

Artists who have cut his songs reads like a who’s who of the music industry, with over 50 million records sold.Richie’s songs have appeared in Disney movies, feature films and on network television, including the hit show Melrose Place. Richie co-wrote with Richie Sambora on his most recent solo album and tours with Sambora on his solo project. He currently makes Nashville his home away from home working with some of the best writers in town bringing his rock and blues edge to the modern Nashville sound.

Richie collaborates with hit song writers such as Brett James, Dave Berg Stephony Smith, Keith Follese, Big Kenny of Big and Rich and Shelly Fairchild. Richie’s love for music keeps him writing and producing in the studio whether it’s rock, pop, or country.

He keeps his playing skills honed by keeping busy playing his hits live at songwriter events all over the country, along with his passion for helping with charities involved with children.